Rossi replaces Rahal within the Acura Group Penske vary IMSA

The winner of the 2016 Indy 2016 will be part of the full-fledged gamers within the Acura ARX-05 # 7, who led a Penske 1-2 to Mid-Ohio SportsCar course final season, Penske's first full-service marketing campaign since 2009.

IndyCar teammate Simon Pagenaud will proceed for a second yr as a Further endurance driver for the # 6 Acura, alongside full-fledged gamers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron.

Rossi, finalist of this yr's IndyCar Championship, mentioned: "I watched and ran in opposition to Group Penske at IndyCar and I’ve plenty of respect for the group, for what they do and the way they do it.

"I extremely respect Andretti Autosport for having allowed me to symbolize Acura in a few of the world's largest sports activities automobile races. I sit up for working with Helio and Ricky to be taught from them and, hopefully, contribute to victories and a championship for the Acura Group Penske.

Artwork St. Cyr, President of Honda Efficiency Growth, added: "Alexander will probably be a fantastic addition to the Acura Group Penske lineup in 2019 and all of us at Acura are very enthusiastic about our prospects for the season at are available.

"Whenever you add Alexander to the skilled group of Helio, Ricky, Juan and Dane, and at Simon's restoration for the endurance occasions, we’re extraordinarily pleased with the expertise and achievement of the Acura Group Penske rider vary.We sit up for our second likelihood to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona within the ARX-05.

"Alexander has been a Honda's glorious consultant within the IndyCar Sequence, since successful the Indy 500 in 2016 till final season's title race, and we're excited to have the chance to strengthen our relationships with him by our sports activities automobile program. "

Rahal tweeted, "I'm shocked to not be part of my @Team_Penske associates for the @IMSA 2019 season, however I couldn’t match within the automobile correctly to carry out at my finest efficiency, so I needed to retire of my function. I want them the very best, go get this # ARX05 within the corridor of victory! "

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