Rossi hopes Toronto podium a 'breakthrough'
20 July 2017 – Alexander Rossi says he hopes his podium finish at Toronto will act as a "breakthrough", after a difficult spell in the wake of his 2016 Indianapolis 500 triumph.
Rossi claimed a stunning victory on his debut at the prestigious event but, despite emerging as a strong contender, and regular top 10 finisher, the former F1 driver had been unable to return to the podium.
That streak ended as Rossi finished runner-up to Penske rival Josef Newgarden around the streets of Toronto, a result which lifted Rossi to eighth place in the standings.
Rossi believes the podium acts as proof of his and Andretti Autosport's progress, and hopes it can be seen as a turning point for future rounds.
"If you look at where we were last year, to having three cars in the top 10, it's a testament not only to the weekend but the off-season and how much better 2017 has been for us," said Rossi.
"Things are finally starting to come together, we've been looking for a breakthrough this year and I think this is it.
"So hopefully we can take this momentum and carry it forward to tracks [that] we should be really strong at, hopefully we can climb up and get that win."
Rossi said the podium finish was possible after some "soul-searching", having struggled through practice.
"We were really at the bottom of the barrel, and we were lost, [I was the] slowest of the four Andretti cars," he commented.
"We had a lot of soul-searching and we stayed probably the latest I've stayed at a race track in a long time.
"We analysed everything we could, made some pretty solid changes that suited me and it gave me something to fight for."
Andretti Autosport's sole IndyCar win so far this season came courtesy of Takuma Sato at the Indianapolis 500.