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INDYCAR: Alexander Rossi unveils new line of merchandise

LOS ANGELES — IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi launched a new line of clothing and merchandise this week. The designs, which will be limited in release this summer, are inspired by both Rossi's roots, and his new home-away-from-home.

"I wanted designs that were 'Cali-inspired' in how they looked, but also Indy-related themes," said Rossi, a Nevada City native. "California is my original home, but Indianapolis is my new home, and obviously a place that grew on me pretty quick."

The rookie winner of the 2016 Indianapolis 500, Rossi won the race in dramatic style with a never-before-done fuel saving strategy that had him crossing the line on fumes. The team's co-owner, and Rossi's race strategist, Bryan Herta is well known for his radio communications during laps in the final stint.

"As everyone on the No. 98 crew was quite nervous with our fuel situation that day, Bryan continued to say 'Clutch and coast! Clutch and coast!' over and over," said Rossi. "It's a great memory and something race fans like to talk about. So, it's been incorporated into my designs with the 'Clutch & Chill' tag line. Definitely California plus Indy. It's getting a lot of buzz so far."

New designs will be released monthly, and Rossi hopes fans will get involved.

"The designs I like are very simple, with current trends and muted color fabrics," said Rossi. "Of course, I'm excited to see what people like the best, but I also want to hear fan feedback on my social media too. And stay tuned for a future fan design contest coming soon."

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To shop Rossi's store, visit https://www.theloyalist.com/alexanderrossi. Fans can post their feedback and ideas on his Facebook page or Twitter. Rossi is currently running a limited-time-only special on a few patriotic-themed T-shirts, just in time for the Fourth of July. Those who buy by July 4 will receive a 15 percent promo code good for a future purchase.