Rossi and Daly. Photo: IndYCar

Might IndyCar’s Rossi, Daly be on ‘The Amazing Race?’

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One of the goals and challenges for the Verizon IndyCar Series in its offseason is to keep its drivers in some sort of national consciousness once the offseason hits after the season finale.

This occurred well last year with James Hinchcliffe on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” after partnering with Sharna Burgess. The likable “Team Stop and Go” finished runner-up to Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

Meanwhile in another racing-to-pop culture connection, one-time Indianapolis 500 starter and Indy Lights veteran Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of INDYCAR Race Steward and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, has been named the new “bachelor” for ABC’s series of the same name.

Now it appears, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet by CBS or INDYCAR, that a pair of IndyCar rising stars, good friends, roommates and popular Americans in Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly will be part of the 30th and next season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” the popular adventure competition show.

A few posts that circulated on Twitter on Sunday revealed Rossi and Daly as anticipated new contestants. You can see those below, including from one of Rossi’s top fans, Sarah Connors.

Daly made his competition show debut in NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” this year after a trio of drivers – Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden – did so in 2016. He switched to A.J. Foyt Enterprises this year after racing in 2016 with Dale Coyne Racing.

Interestingly, Daly posted a cryptic tweet after the season that he’d be taking a break from social media, but he didn’t give a reason why.

Rossi won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and has found a home in IndyCar with Andretti Autosport and NAPA Auto Parts over the last two seasons, coming home to America after his long pursuit of Formula 1 that saw him make five Grands Prix starts in 2015.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.