California driver Alexander Rossi ‘really interested’ in racing F1 for Gene Haas

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Gene Haas may still be sifting through potential drivers for his U.S.-based Formula One team that begins competing in 2016.

But one home-grown driver, 23-year-old Californian Alexander Rossi, is hoping to catch Haas’ eye for the made-in-the-USA team.

“I am really interested in the Haas team,” Rossi told the online site F1Web.It (quotes are translated).

“I have the necessary knowledge, the experience, I understand Formula 1 thanks to the experience I have gained. And I think to promote the presence of the sport in America, people need a home rider.

“Haas in this direction adds another element and takes a step forward. Every year I go back to the Austin circuit (Circuit of the Americas) for the Grand Prix, I find that the sport is growing (in the U.S.).

“I am proud to be part of the development of Formula 1 in America. Now (America on the F1 scene) will do something important with the arrival of Haas.”

Rossi has steadily moved up the racing ladder in Europe over the last six years, competing in Formula BMW, the Renault World Series and, most recently, GP2.

Rossi, who served as both a reserve and test driver last season in F1, said he is now “concentrating my efforts on IndyCar” for a possible ride in 2015.

“In the long term, I plan to be in Formula One, but having worked for two years as a test driver, in 2015 I want to race,” said Rossi, who added he’s “considering several opportunities.”

IndyCar may be the best place for him for at least one season, more out of necessity than design.

“As you know, in Formula One there is always very few places available, but now even less due to the collapse of the small teams,” Rossi said.

“I’m trying to run (in F1) in 2016. But unfortunately, as we all know, the places in Formula 1 (for 2015) are virtually unavailable. (And) now there are even less (chances in 2015) because of the fail of the small teams (that) I have experienced first-hand both with Caterham and Marussia.”

But his heart is still in F1. And that’s why Rossi thinks driving for Haas may be the best thing for both of them. It’s unclear if he has already spoken with Haas, but if not, such a conversation is likely soon.

“For six years, I’ve worked (to race) in Formula 1,” Rossi said. “I was close several times last season. We have opened the way to something important; I have to keep pushing.”

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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