SACBEE.COM - Nevada City’s Rossi comes home to Sonoma finale

September 14, 2017

Heading into Sonoma and Sunday’s season finale, IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi hopes to finish his sophomore season with a flourish in the GoPro Grand Prix.

On Labor Day weekend, the Nevada City native won the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in New York, edging four-time series champion Scott Dixon. Rossi, who also won the pole at Watkins Glen, has finished in the top six in his last five races, including second in Toronto and third at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

His Watkins Glen triumph was only Rossi’s second career victory; the other was the 2016 Indy 500. In the 100th running of the greatest spectacle in racing, he became the first American rookie to win since 1928.

“It’s been a year of missed opportunities and a little misfortune,” Rossi said Wednesday during a quick trip to Sacramento. “We’ve been on pace all year, but...


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