Alexander Rossi, one of Team Penske’s most prominent competitors in the IndyCar Series, will join the team for the two longest IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races in 2019.
With one Indianapolis 500 victory and one WeatherTech Championship start on his resume, Rossi will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 with full-time Penske pilots Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring that follows.
Rossi dueled now five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon for the 2018 title but came up short during the Sonoma Raceway finale. The Andretti Autosport driver won three races this year en route to finishing second in the points, improving from 11th in 2016 and seventh in 2017.
Rossi participated in the 2014 edition of the Rolex 24 in the DeltaWing, which retired from the race early and finished 61st overall.
“I really appreciate Andretti Autosport for allowing me the opportunity to represent Acura in some of the biggest sports car races in the world,” Rossi said. “I can’t wait to work with Helio and Ricky, to learn from them and hopefully contribute to some wins and a championship for Acura Team Penske.”
Rossi’s fellow IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud will be back in the No. 6 Acura DPi for the four Michelin Endurance Cup races alongside Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya.
The pair of Penske Acuras will turn their first public laps of 2019 during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test on Jan. 4–6.