Alexander Rossi for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in second, a career best for him at Barber Motorsport Park. He was one of four drivers in the top 10 to go with a three-stop strategy, which unfortunately knocked the No. 27 car out of podium contention as the two-stop strategy ultimately prevailed. Rossi finished ninth in the 90-lap race, which served as the season-opener for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.
“It was a really disappointing day for the whole 27 NAPA team,” said Rossi. "We didn’t have great pace on new tires for whatever reason, but the pace would come to us as the tires went away. Then the guys in front of us were all on a different strategy. Ultimately it just wasn’t our day. Overall it was a good weekend, but it’s just disappointing when you start on the front row and come up short like that. We just have to put it behind us and focus on the next race. We’ll move forward and hopefully be better next weekend in St. Pete.”
Alex Palou won his maiden IndyCar race, now driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. Will Power came home second for Team Penske and Ganassi’s Scott Dixon finished third. For a complete recap of the race, click HERE
From the hills of Birmingham, the team now heads directly to the streets of St. Petersburg for Round 2 of the three-in-a-row season opening stretch. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg goes green April 25 at Noon Eastern on NBC.