Alexander Rossi credits Sonoma Raceway as his “entry into motor sports.”
It’s where the Nevada City native first put pedal to metal in a kart race when he was 11 years old, and it’s where he watched his father race. On Sunday, he will help usher out an era at the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.
The IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma not only marks the conclusion of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, but the end of IndyCar racing at the track for the foreseeable future.
“It’s very cool to go back there at this point in my career and have things almost come full circle,” said Rossi, who is in his third IndyCar season. “It will always have a pretty special place in my life, no doubt.”
Next year the series will run its finale at Laguna Seca. It will be the first time in 15 years IndyCar will race at the Monterey track.
Meanwhile, the series’ run at the road course 70 miles southwest of Sacramento comes to an end after 14 years — which could make clinching the championship even sweeter for Rossi.
“You want to win regardless of