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IndyCar Racer Alexander Rossi to Join F1 Racing
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IndyCar Racer Alexander Rossi to Join F1 Racing

Alexander Rossi, the American professional racing driver who made a shocking victory at this year's Indianapolis 500, has been offered an option to race for Manor for the remainder of the 2016 F1 season. The former F1 reserve driver has some tough decisions to make in the coming months.

Rossi also said that he was approached by his old racing team Manor and another unnamed F1 team about racing next year.

Last year, Rossi has competed in a few races with his old team Manor as a substitute driver but wasn’t hired a primary driver at the end of the F1 season. Instead, he was offered a job as a reserve driver for Manor racing team, which opened up a great opportunity for him to race for IndyCar 500 series.

The Auburn-born racer has made his first big victory in 2005, where he become IKF Grand National Champion in the 100cc Yamaha class. Rossi also raced and competed in the Formula BMW USA series in 2007, finishing third overall in the championship.

In 2008, Rossi raced with the Formula BMW championship-winning team EuroInternational, where he won the overall championship and become the first American Formula BMW Champion in the Americas Championship.

In addition to his racing experience, Rossi also worked as a test driver. Rossi tested the 2009-spec BMW Sauber F1.09 Formula One car, where he earned his FIA Super License.

Following his departure from Caterham F1 as a reserve driver, Rossi joined Manor F1 as reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 season. At Manor, Rossi has finally made his F1 debut at the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, where he qualified 20th but rallied to finish 14th place, ahead of teammate Will Stevens.

In 2016, Rossi made the switch to the IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport for the 2016 IndyCar Series. During his first season with the Andretti team, Rossi was the top rookie in the qualifying for the race and has won the Indianapolis 500 after starting from the 11th position on the grid.

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