Alexander Rossi returns to drive at Indy for first time since winning 500

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Monday marked 72 days since the biggest day of Alexander Rossi’s life.

It was back on May 29 that the California native and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie literally came out of nowhere to win the milestone 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

When he finally returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway once again in a race car on Monday (he attended NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 last month as a fan) as one of six drivers in a closed Firestone tire test, Rossi’s triumphant win and sold-out grandstands were replaced by the atmosphere of just another tire test and empty stands.

“It’s a lot quieter and you’re not as worked up about everything, for sure, but yeah, the first lap was special,” Rossi told of taking his first lap on the legendary 2.5-mile Monday since his win in the 500.

Rossi was one of four former Indy 500 winners to take part in the test: Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Juan Pablo Montoya (2015 and 2000) and Rossi (2016). Also taking part were Graham Rahal and Ed Carpenter.

While his bank account is significantly larger and the winner’s trophy holds a prominent place in his home, winning the 500 really hasn’t changed Rossi.

While he could afford caviar and filet mignon three times a day, Rossi would rather chow down at places like Jimmy Johns (he gets all the sandwiches he can eat for the next year and a half).

As part of his winner’s duties, he rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange – well, it was actually pushing a button, as he told – and attended the ESPYs, where he lost to Kyle Busch as Best Driver.

“Other than that, normal life hasn’t changed,” Rossi admits.

Rossi doesn’t want to live on his Indy 500 laurels by any stretch. He told that — his biggest win notwithstanding — the rest of this season has been a mixed bag of ups and downs.

His 500 win is his only podium finish thus far in 2016; he has no other top-fives and just three other top-10 finishes in the first 12 races of the season.

He’s gone through a particularly rough stretch of late, with finishes of 12th (Belle Isle 2), 15th (Road America), sixth (Iowa – his best finish this season other than at Indy), 16th (Toronto) and 14th (Mid-Ohio).

Rossi knows what he needs to do:

“I need to win more races, man,” he told “(Winning the 500 is) unbelievable, it’s amazing, it’s given my career new life, for sure.

“But you’re only as good as your last race so we need to definitely work on improving things and winning more at all the other tracks.”

Now that the 500, the Brickyard and Monday’s test are in his rearview mirror, Rossi had a chance to reflect on how the last 2 1/2 months have been.

“I have a whole new kind of outlook on the Speedway,” he told “That was very cool to come back here.”

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Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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