Rossi rolls dice, hits jackpot with Indy 500 win

Sun May 29, 2016 7:07pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Rookie Alexander Rossi rolled the dice on fuel and hit the jackpot winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, as IndyCar racing ushered in a new era with an American winner.

Rossi, who moved to IndyCar only this year after losing his seat with Formula One tailenders Manor Racing, found himself on top of the motorsports world after squeezing just enough fuel out of his Andretti Autosport Honda to win what is billed as the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing'.

The 24-year-old American, who had competed in just one oval race and had never raced at the Brickyard until this month, coasted across the finish line more than four seconds ahead of Andretti team mate Colombian Carlos Munoz, with American Josef Newgarden third.

Competing in just his sixth IndyCar race, Rossi had never led a lap until Sunday, his best finish a 10th at a road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier in the month.

It marked the first win by a rookie since Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000.

"It won't sink in for a while. I don't want it to," Rossi told reporters. "I was sputtering out of turn four for sure.

"The emotional rollercoaster of this race is ridiculous.

"There were moments where I was stoked, moments where I were heartbroken, moments where I was stoked again. I need to see a psychiatrist after this."   Continued...

May 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Alexander Rossi dunks himself with milk as he celebrates after winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports