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Alexander Rossi Wrecks During Saturday’s IndyCar Test at Phoenix

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Alexander Rossi became the first to crash at this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 98 Napa Auto Parts Honda was on his second lap when he got loose at the apex of Turns 1 and 2 and backed into the Turn 2 wall, just moments after setting the second quickest lap of the session at 184.551 mph (19.9360 seconds).

The defending Indianapolis 500 winner walked away unhurt from the crash. The Andretti Autosport and Honda Performance Development crews are working to repair the car for this evening’s session.

The 25-year-old Californian logged the 10th quickest lap overall of the two combined sessions at a pace of 187.611 mph (19.6108 seconds).

Today’s afternoon and evening’s “Prix View” open test can be streamed at

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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