Long Beach, CA – Guess who took the checkered flag again this year at the Long Beach Grand Prix? Yes even with the new sponsor Alexander Rossi is the back to back 2019 champion.
Rossi speed through this year field in dominating fashion all the way to the end. The 45th Street race through the streets of Long Beach California.
Rossi won by a dominating 20 seconds over second place finisher Josef Newgarden, which was the largest margin of victory at Long Beach since Al Unser Jr. won by 23 seconds in 1995.
This was Rossi’s sixth career IndyCar victory. His first win was in 2016 when he captured the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. Now Rossi is the fourth different winner to start this season through four races in the IndyCar season.
“It’s an amazing day,” Rossi said. “I have a great car and a great crew behind me” on the Andretti Autosport team, he said.
The win was also the 200th for Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosports empire, which includes teams in Indy Lights, GT4 America, Formula E and RallyCross where Manteca native Scott Speed holds three consecutive titles.
“Winning the pole here is huge,” explained Rossi. “It allows you to run your own race, control the pace and strategy and dictate what the rest of the field does.”