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Alexander Rossi survives rollover in Baja 1000

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Alexander Rossi rolled over his Honda Ridgeline Off-Road truck while leading Saturday’s Baja 1000 in Mexico.  Rossi’s Honda approached a 90-degree left over a hill and did not have the vehicle at the proper angle, sending it rolling over on its side followed by an end-over-end rolled before landing in a ditch on its roof around the 95-mile mark.

With the help of some locals from the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, Rossi and his co-driver were pulled out of the vehicle. The truck was eventually rolled over and made it out of the ditch, but had lost valuable time and was no longer in the lead.

Rossi and the team were able to continue for another 100 miles or so before the mechanically damaged truck was retired from the race. This came after co-driver Jeff Proctor and Rossi got it back into contention.

“Too many variables weren’t in our favor this year so we had to call it,” Rossi said after the team retired from the contest. “Jeff (Proctor) evaluated the situation, and ultimately decided that the safety of the team was being compromised.

“It isn’t just the driver and co-driver to consider, but the crew for repairs and recovery in sketchy conditions.

“But the Ridgeline race truck is so fast and capable. I can’t thank the team enough for all they do to prepare for this legendary event.”

Rossi is an NTT IndyCar Series star for Andretti Autosport and won the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016.

It was the second straight year that Rossi has endured a memorable moment in the race. Last year, Rossi’s truck was flying over the top of a blind hill when a passenger SUV driving in the wrong direction was in the way. Rossi’s truck narrowly missed a head-on collision, clipping the passenger sideview mirror off the SUV.

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Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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