By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
American Alexander Rossi won the ABC Supply 500 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Rossi, driving the NAPA Auto Parts IndyCar, won after it was delayed for nearly two hours after a scary crash on Lap 6.
Rossi led 180 of the 200 laps in the Andretti Autosport IndyCar. He also claimed 53 points with the win.
“We came out in some traffic and it was really hard to be behind cars for some reason [on Sunday],” Rossi said. “The No. 27 Napa Auto Parts Honda was better than everyone else so it was an exceptional day but right now Rob (Wickens) and James (Hinchcliffe) and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and everyone involved in that incident have our thoughts. It’s tough to really celebrate after what happened. It’s the team. I have amazing teammates.
“Speaking of teammates, Zach (Veach) and Marco (Andretti) really helped me there in traffic so I owe them a beer or a case of beer. It’s just been leaning on Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and Michael (Andretti) and Bryan (Herta) ever since day one to help me overcome the challenge that is super speedways. You can’t do any of this without an amazing team, so I am very thankful to be on Andretti Autosport and have this great group of people. It’s a special day today.”
The California native picked up his second straight win, as he also won at Mid-Ohio in the last race. Rossi also won at Long Beach in the second race of the season.
He held off Australian Will Power, who finished in second place. The Verizon IndyCar driver picked up his first second place finish since Belle Isle in Detroit. He has three second-place finishes on the season.
Power also led 16 laps. In addition, he captured 42 points in the race.
New Zealand native Scott Dixon finished in third place. He has three third-place finishes this season, and it’s his first third-place finish since Elkhart Lake.
Dixon, the PNC Bank/NTT Data IndyCar driver, also led three laps. He also picked up 36 points.
Fuzzy’s Vodka IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter also led one lap.
Eight drivers did not complete the race. Seven of those drivers were involved in crashes.
On Lap 6, five drivers were eliminated from action with Robert Wickens being the most severe. He was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest.
Ryan Hunter-Reay hit Wickens that caused him to go into the catch fence. The crash also captured James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato, and Pietro Fittipaldi.
Fittipaldi actually finished the race in the 22nd position. Sato finished in 21st, while Hinchliffe finished in 20th.
Wickens finished in 19th and Hunter-Reay ended in the 18th position.
Tony Kanaan, driving the ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt, left on lap 16 after mechanical problems to finish 17th. Fuzzy’s Vodka/Direct Supply driver Spencer Pigot for Ed Carpenter Racing left on Lap 17 after being involving in a single car crash. Pigot finished 16th.
Conor Daly was the 15th place finisher after he crashed his Harding Group/Valvoline car for Harding Racing on lap 162.