Rossi races to first in Montreal |

Rossi races to first in Montreal

Alexander Rossi grabbed his first win of 2008 Formula BMW Americas season Sunday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in front of the Canadian Grand Prix crowd in Montreal.

Starting from the outside of the front row, he took the lead on the second lap of the 14-lap contest to win by 5.110 seconds. Holding off hard charges and contact from both Ricardo Favoretto and Maxime Pelletier, Sunday’s win was the fourth of Rossi’s Formula BMW career.

Rossi now stands second overall in the drivers standings after the second and third rounds of competition last weekend and only seven points behind the leader.

“I need to thank Eurointernational and whole crew for a race winning effort today,” Rossi said in a press release. “The crew worked on very little sleep and would not have been possible without all of them. It was fantastic to hear the American national anthem while on the podium, especially at an F1 event.

“Different than Laguna Seca, I did have a bit of luck today. It was not an easy race, especially running out front with the draft being such a big factor here. With hard contact while racing close with Ricardo (Favoretto) and Maxime (Pelletier).

“Both hits could have ended my day, but my car seemed invincible. It was unfortunate that they had to retire from the race. Today, I was the lucky one.”

Rounds five and six will be held June 20 Ð 22 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

More information on Team Rossi and Alexander Rossi can be found at, and

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