AMERICAN - 9.25.91
2016 INDY 500 WINNER + 2018 INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP (2ND) + 2019 INDYCAR CHAMPINSHIP (3RD)
Alexander Rossi is an elite athlete and professional race car driver. He is in his fifth season with the IndyCar Series and pilots the No. 27 NAPA/AutoNation Honda for Andretti Autosport.
Alex grew up in Nevada City, CA, and began racing go-karts at age 10. By age 14, he’d won multiple national and international karting championships. In 2008, he became Formula BMW World Champion, holding the most series poles and victories, and was the youngest open-wheel racing champion in U.S. history.
In pursuit of F1, Alex moved to Europe at age 17 and at the time, was the youngest driver to hold an F1 Super License. He quickly found success in GP3 and GP2, and in 2015, was GP2 Vice Champion. For six years in Europe, Alex also served as the Test/Official Reserve Driver for teams such as BMW / Sauber, Team Lotus, Caterham and Marussia Formula One. In 2015, he made five F1 Grand Prix starts for Manor Racing.
In 2016, Alex moved back to the U.S. to sign with Andretti Herta Autosport. As an American rookie in IndyCar, Alex shocked the world by winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with a brilliant fuel-saving strategy. He currently has 7 wins, 6 poles and 33 top-five finishes in his five IndyCar seasons. In 2018, he finished second in the Championship. Alex also eclipsed his competitors in most laps completed and total passes (321). In 2019, he was third in the Championship, repeated as the Long Beach Grand Prix winner, and won Road America by an astonishing 28 seconds. In the adapted 2020 season, Alex brought home 5 podiums and the INDYCAR Fan Favorite Award.
Unlike most racing drivers these days, Alex chooses to race in different discplines outside of his full-time job in IndyCar. In 2018 and 2019, he participated in the legendary Baja 100 with the Honda Off-Road team. And at the end of 2019, he participated in the famed Bathurst 1000 in Australia. He's also the third driver for Acura Team Penske in the IMSA endurance races and has two podiums with the squad.
Alex currently resides in Indianapolis. He spends his time in the gym, cycling and hanging with his girlfriend and their two dogs. In addition to being a bourbon connoisseur with fellow driver James Hinchcliffe, the two co-host a weekly SiriusXM podcast called “Off Track with Hinch & Rossi.” In 2018, he and fellow driver Conor Daly made the finals on CBS’s long-running show “The Amazing Race.