Two races of bad luck for Rossi

July 04, 2020

Round 2 of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition is complete as the historic racing weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is in full swing with NASCAR taking the track Sunday. 

The condensed GMR Grand Prix weekend saw just one practice session before qualifying Friday, followed by a brief warmup and 80-lap main event in Saturday's Indiana heat. The race was run without fans in attendance due to percussions surrounding the ongoing global health crisis. 

Qualifying 11th, Alexander Rossi made his way to inside the top five before a fuel pressure issue (same that cost the 27 practice time yesterday) arose during the race's sole caution window. The issue retired the AutoNation / NAPA Honda to the garages with just 41 laps complete. 

“We just lost power on that restart – we think it was the same fuel pressure issue that we had yesterday," said Rossi. "We thought we had it resolved, but clearly, we didn’t. It was strange because it was fine until we went under yellow. I think the AutoNation / NAPA Honda was good today – I think it was a top-five car. It’s just unfortunate that we’ve had this kind of weekend two races in a row. But we have four races in the next two weekends which will give us a chance to come back. We’re focusing on race wins and looking forward to welcoming fans back to the race next week at Road America.”

The Series now heads into back-to-back doubleheader race weekends at Road America and Iowa Speedway, respectively. Fans will return to INDYCAR with those events, though with limited access areas. 

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