Rossi confirmed to race for Andretti Autosport in 2016

Alexander Rossi will race for Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series during the 2016 season.

The American was forced to seek a drive elsewhere after failing to secure the Manor Racing drive in Formula 1, and will now pilot the #98 machine that will be run by Andretti Autosport in collaboration with Bryan Herta Autosport.

“I’m very much looking forward to making my IndyCar Series debut this season and am proud to be racing with a team of such high calibre and pedigree as that of Andretti Autosport,” said Rossi.

“As a racer through and through, I cannot wait to get started; our goal is to be competitive immediately at the first race in St. Petersburg.”

Rossi’s first taste of IndyCar machinery will come at the Sebring International Raceway on March 1, with Bryan Herta acting as his race strategist and Tom German as his lead engineer.

“We’re really excited to have Alexander join the team,” said Michael Andretti, the CEO of Andretti Autosport. “His credentials speak for his ability and we’re confident he’ll transition seamlessly into IndyCar racing.

“It’s neat to have the last three American F1 drivers in 25 years to be under one roof, I think it speaks to the level of talent we have.”

Rossi has joined Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz in the four-car Andretti Autosport line-up.