Local Heroes Auto & Petaluma Napa Auto Parts Congratulates California's Own, Rookie Alexander Rossi

May 29th, 2016

Local Heroes Auto & Petaluma Napa Auto Parts
Congratulate California's Own, Rookie Alexander
Rossi, who Just Won the 100th running of the
Indy 500.  Rossi, NAPA & Local Heroes = WINNERS

  Napa Alex Rossi Alexander Rossi Napa

 

NBS Sports INDIANAPOLIS – Alexander Rossi has won the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and Sponsered by Napa Auto Parts, following a stunning strategy gamble from Bryan Herta and the Andretti Herta Autosport team that came good.

It’s a stunning upset but an incredible run for the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, having made it 36 laps home on fuel on the final stint of the race.  Rossi (Homepage:http://www.alexanderrossi.com/) started 11th but his final lap of the race – the 14th he led on this day – was only at 179.784 mph to limp home on fuel.  Rossi is the first rookie to win since Helio Castroneves in 2001. The win is Andretti Autosport’s fifth as a team: the first as Forsythe/Green Racing in 1995 with second year driver Jacques Villeneuve, then Dan Wheldon in 2005, Dario Franchitti in 2007 (Andretti/Green Racing) and Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2014 (Andretti Autosport).

But Rossi has been one of the pleasant surprises of the season, and his month at Indianapolis was close to flawless. He didn’t make a mistake all month, took to the track well, understood how to handle it and drove controlled all month.  The win with Herta follows up when Chaves won Rookie of the Year honors here last year with 16th place.

It might be one of the most incredible stories in Indy history… since the last time the ‘500 featured a 100 as part of its name.  The 100th anniversary race in 2011, the 95th running, saw Wheldon steal the win on the last lap – also driving for Herta – when J.R. Hildebrand crashed in Turn 4.

But this day, Rossi hung around – quietly – in the lower regions of the top 10  Had Rossi not been able to make it home, the win could have fallen to his teammate Carlos Munoz. The driver of the No. 26 United Fiber & Data Honda was flying in the final stages but, like most of the field, needed a late race splash as the race ran green for the final 32 laps.

 

NAPA AUTO PARTS No. 98 

ALEXANDER ROSSI TO PILOT NO. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS HONDA FOR 100TH RUNNING OF THE INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 20) – Iconic auto parts retailer NAPA AUTO PARTS, parent to Napa Auto Parts in Petlauma, CA in conjunction with NAPA’s major supplier NAPA Balkamp and their supporting vendor partners, has joined with three-time Indy 500 champion Andretti Autosport to sponsor the No. 98 Indy car driven by Alexander Rossi in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi’s No. 98 machine is fielded via collaboration between the Michael Andretti-led organization and Bryan Herta Autosport.

Tip Tollison, President of NAPA Balkamp in Indianapolis, stated, “Andretti Autosport symbolizes the excellence NAPA AUTO PARTS has maintained for nearly 100 years. With this being the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, I cannot think of anything that makes the historic event more complete than the joining of a premier racing family and a premier auto parts company.”

“We’re excited to begin a relationship with another storied American brand for this landmark event,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “This will be NAPA’s first time serving as a full primary sponsor in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and I’m honored to have Andretti Autosport chosen to represent their brand.”

The NAPA AUTO PARTS branding, which will also be carried as an associate sponsor on all Andretti Autosport Indy cars for the remainder of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series, will make its Indy car racing debut as the field takes to the famed 2.5-mile oval Saturday for Indy 500 practice. Together on Saturday, both Rossi and NAPA will make their first ever Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt live on ABC at 11 a.m. ET.

The Indianapolis 500’s 100th Edition will go green at 11 a.m. ET May 29 in front of a sold out Indianapolis Motor Speedway and live to viewers worldwide, with the US nationwide broadcast living on the ABC network.

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