LONG BEACH, California – Alexander Rossi one-upped himself at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, putting in an even more dominant performance than the year before to complete back-to-back wins at the pinnacle street-course race in the NTT IndyCar Series.
Driving the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, Rossi led all but five of the 85 laps around the 1.968-mile temporary circuit. The Andretti Autosport driver crossed the finish line 20.2359 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.
It earned Rossi the sixth win of an NTT IndyCar Series career that began in 2016. Four of those wins have come when the Californian started from the pole position, including on Sunday. Rossi, who led 71 of 85 laps in his 2018 Long Beach triumph, became the first to win back-to-back races on the circuit since Sebastien Bourdais from 2005-07. It was the largest margin of victory at Long Beach since Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Pruett by more than 23 seconds in 1995.
It also gave Andretti Autosport its 200th race win in all motorsports disciplines in which the team has competed since its 2003 inception. Sixty-three of those victories have come in Indy car competition.