INDIANAPOLIS – A new era for the Indianapolis 500 arrived in the form of a most unfamiliar driver.
An American, no less.
Alexander Rossi outlasted his faster rivals — and his fuel tank — for a stunning victory Sunday in the historic 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing.”
The unlikely win allowed the long-suffering Andretti family to celebrate in the biggest race of their storied careers and it left the top drivers in the field fuming over Rossi’s good fortune.
Rossi was a 66-1 longshot and certainly not the driver anyone would have picked to win. But the 24-year-old Northern Californian used fuel strategy to outsmart a handful of drivers who had the most dominant cars in the race.
Rossi stretched his final tank of fuel 90 miles to cycle into the lead as others had to duck into the pits for a splash in the waning laps. He was sputtering on…