Alexander Rossi puts in strong performance in GP2 at Monza

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American GP2 driver Alexander Rossi has sent out another message to any Formula One teams considering him for a race seat in the near future by putting in a strong performance in today’s GP2 sprint race at Monza.

Rossi had started on pole position for the race on Sunday by virtue of the reverse grid whereby the top eight finishers in the feature race on Saturday switch positions (P1 to P8, P2 to P7 and so on). However, a poor getaway saw the American driver drop down to fourth off the start, and he held that position for the majority of the race. Conditions were difficult thanks to light rain, but Rossi managed to move up to second after Sam Bird and Julian Leal made a mistake, releasing the American for a final push to catch leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

Despite setting some very quick lap times, Rossi simply could not catch the Briton, eventually losing out by just under two seconds come the checkered flag. On the podium, he made his frustration clear after making such a poor start, but the result acts as further proof that Rossi could be on the cusp of becoming the first American Formula One driver since Scott Speed back in 2007.

Besides his GP2 commitments, Rossi also works for Caterham as their reserve driver. He ran in free practice for the team at the Canadian Grand Prix back in June, and he is expected to once again deputize for either Charles Pic or Giedo van der Garde later on this season.

You can read NBC’s interview with Rossi from earlier in the season here.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold