San Francisco, CA – As Rescale continues its support and development of those at the cutting edge of motorsport, ambassador Alexander Rossi has been making the headlines around the globe. On Sunday, May 29, the Californian race car driver won the prestigious 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, writing his name in the history book and taking his first Verizon IndyCar Series win in spectacular style. Starting from the 11th position on the grid, the American won the iconic race in front of a sold-out audience, driving the No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda for the Andretti Autosport team, and becoming the first rookie to win the prestigious race in 15 years. The 200-lap race marked a new chapter for Alexander’s open-wheel story, with the driver now an impressive 5th in the overall 2016 IndyCar Series Championship and fighting for the season title, as well as fulfilling Official Reserve Driver duties for the Manor Racing Formula 1 team, partners of Rescale.
In the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, Alexander took the lead on the 197th of 200 laps on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval when teammate Muñoz stopped for fuel and it was a race of precision driving to the finish. Running dangerously close to empty after stretching his 18.5 gallons of ethanol for 36 laps, Alexander all but coasted the final lap with the team cheering him on through the radio. Alexander had set the fastest lap of the race with an average speed of 225.228mph at one point, however, the Californian slowed his pace dramatically for his final four laps. His last lap averaged 179.784 mph, nearly 40 mph slower than Muñoz’s final circuit, but due to the precision perfect timing and careful management, he still had enough momentum to take the checkered flag across the famous yard of bricks by the largest margin of victory since the 1996 race. Alexander became the 70th winner in race history and is the 103rd face on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy.
As the season unfolds, the highly regarded American Driver will continue to divide his time between battling it out for the 2016 IndyCar Series Championship – where he now sits fifth in the overall rankings – and working with Manor Racing Formula 1 team, attending races throughout the season. In 2015 Alexander finished the latter half of the year as the Official Driver for the Formula 1 team, racing in Singapore, Japan, Austin, Mexico, and Brazil, and it is an environment he knows very well. With his experience both on track and in various teams’ simulators through the years, Alexander brings a wealth of knowledge to all areas of motorsport and has a clear focus on what’s needed to maximize potential and achieve results.
Joris Poort: “Alexander Rossi’s recent win of the 100th Indy 500 is extremely well deserved and a true testament of his talent, persistence, and innovative thinking paying off. At Rescale, we are all about providing exceptional innovative talent the tools needed to maximize their potential, from supporting an elite racing athlete like Alexander Rossi to helping the world’s leading engineers and scientists innovate a better future. I can personally attest that Alexander is a shining example, role model, and inspiration for talent worldwide – respectful, humble, and forward-thinking, Alexander is an excellent brand ambassador that consistently delivers results. Myself and the entire Rescale team are honored by the association to Alexander Rossi and we’re excited to contribute further to his future success!”
Alexander Rossi: “Winning the 100th Indianapolis 500 has to be one of the greatest achievements of my career to date, however within motorsport and across every different series and championship the prevailing constant is the need for evolution, efficiency, and expertise. In all motorsport, the focus is on looking forward, knowing that races are won both on and off the track collaboratively, and understanding the fast pace of development, data consumption, and evaluation, and innovation that makes the difference between crossing the line first or second. Rescale is a leading turn-key platform for running high performance computing and simulations in the enterprise, optimizing CFD and other simulations in the cloud, and the quality, expertise, and support of this cutting edge company is a huge asset to any motorsport team. I am very proud of my association with Rescale. I’ve had the privilege to get to know CEO, Joris Poort; he and his team are very impressive and a brilliant group of innovators.”