Racing Engineering has announced that Alexander Rossi will drive alongside Jordan King for the 2015 GP2 Series. The 23 year old Californian will drive the number 8 car with the Spanish team for his third, but first full season in GP2.
Alexander began racing in karts in 2002 and just four years later, after winning National and International championships, he became the youngest ever open wheel racing Champion in American racing history. In 2008 the young American won the Formula BMW World Champion holding the most series poles (10) and victories (14). His success saw him earn a test drive with the Sauber F1 Team and he made history again by becoming the youngest driver, at just 18 years old, to hold a Formula One Super License.
Alexander quickly moved up to the more powerful single seaters and was soon winning again taking victories in GP3 and World Series by Renault before taking his maiden GP2 Series victory at the final race of the 2013 season at the Yas Marina circuit. The past four years has seen Alexander involved within Formula 1 and in the role of Official Reserve Driver within the Caterham and Marussia Formula 1 Teams, driving the series challengers, logging thousands of kilometers and working with the teams to develop the car.
Alexander will join the team in Abu Dhabi for the first of the pre-season tests, and both he and Racing Engineering are looking forward to a great season ahead.
Alexander Rossi Racing Record
• 2015 Racing Engineering GP2 Championship Race Driver • 2014 Marussia F1 Team Official Reserve Driver• 2014 Caterham F1 Official Reserve Driver • 2014 Caterham Racing GP2 Championship Race Driver - partial season • 2013 Caterham Racing GP2 Championship Race Driver - 8th Overall & Rookie of the Year • 2013 Caterham F1 Team Official Reserve Driver • 2012 Caterham F1 Team Official Test Driver • 2011 World Series by Renault - 3rd Overall and Rookie Champion • 2011 AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Program • 2011 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy • 2010 ART Grand Prix GP3 - 4th Overall Championship • 2009 BMW Sauber F1 Testing - F1 Superlicense Qualifications • 2009 GP2 Asia / Meritus Racing and Ocean Racing - 9th Overall, 3 Top 5 Finishes • 2009 International Formula Master Championship / ISR Racing - 4th Overall and Rookie Champion • 2008 Formula BMW World Champion, 1st Place • 2008 Formula BMW Americas 1st Champion, 10 wins • 2007 Formula BMW Americas 3rd Overall, 3 wins • 2006 Skip Barber National Series, 3rd Overall, 4 wins • 2006 Skip Barber Western Regional Series, 1st Champion
Alexander Rossi: “After several years of discussions, at last Racing Engineering and I have found a way to work together! Racing Engineering is a multiple Championship winning GP2 team, and their passion and commitment to excellence reflects throughout the organization, where winning and performance is the sole focus.After my 2014 season as the Official Reserve Driver at the Caterham and Marussia F1 Teams, it is public knowledge that I have been carefully looking over several options for 2015, both in Europe and the States. I’ve spent the majority of my career racing in Europe, building my racing foundation and have strong relationships there. My ultimate goal has never wavered, and still remains F1.The GP2 Championship with Racing Engineering is the perfect alignment for these career objectives. The team and I have a strong mutual belief in each other and believe we have the assets and the combination to win the Championship this year. We are prepared and I look forward to the Abu Dhabi test, commencing March 9th.”
Alfonso de Orléans- Borbón, President of Racing Engineering: “I am delighted to have Alex Rossi joining us for this season as he has the talent and team work necessary for leading the Drivers Championship this season. We have known Alex for many years and our paths have often crossed but not come together but now that we are working together the driver and the team will do everything in their power to achieve the goal we have set. With team mate Jordan King, we have a formidable line up for the 2015 season, now let's get to work and make it all happen.”