Rossi set for practice run at COTA

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Alexander Rossi is set to become the first American to participate in a Formula One race weekend on home ground in six years.

Dave Doolittle of the Austin-American Statesman reports Rossi will drive in the first practice session for Caterham at the Circuit of the Americas on November 15th.

Rossi has already made two appearances for the team in practice sessions in Canada this year and Spain last year.

He was drafted into Caterham’s GP2 squad at short notice three races into the season after Ma Qing Hua had to drop out. Despite a lack of testing he finished third on his debut in Bahrain and lies 11th in the championship ahead of the final two races in Abu Dhabi next month.

It’s been a busy year for Rossi who also raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the Caterham-backed Greaves Motorsport team and appeared for Caterham in the Young Drivers’ Test at Silverstone, as he also did last year.

Earlier this year Rossi told F1 Fanatic the success of F1’s latest venture into America hinges on finding a local driver who can compete:

“I think that it will struggle until there’s an American driver,” said Rossi, “just because American people are so patriotic, they’re not going to come out or they’re not going to spend a year watching or cheering for a German, British or Spanish driver it’s not how it’s going to work.”

“I think if there’s an American driver that’s the first step, but even then I don’t think it’ll captivate the audience, and an American driver has to be successful.”