Rossi receives extra backing from AirAsia
7 September 2011 – American Formula Renault 3.5 driver Alexander Rossi has received added sponsorship from airline AirAsia, owned by Team Lotus Formula 1 boss Tony Fernandes. The Malaysian entrepreneur also heads up the GP2 team which carries the name of the low-cost carrier.
At present, 19-year-old Rossi – who hails from Auburn in California and is already the senior representative of the AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme – is driving for Fortec in the World Series by Renault, where he won the season-opening race and has since collected five more podium finishes to lie sixth in the standings.
“I am very proud of my association with AirAsia and their support for the closing rounds of the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 season,” says Rossi. “This is an exciting time for me as an American racing driver, with many alignments commercially on the forefront.
“The continued support given to me by Tony Fernandes, Team Lotus and AirAsia is invaluable in helping me to achieve my goal of reaching Formula 1 in the near future. I have very good relationships formed within Team Lotus and AirAsia. This is another important step forward in my career goals. I’m extremely grateful to Tony Fernandes and AirAsia for their continued belief and commitment to me.”
Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia, adds:
“Alexander is already a member of the AirAsia Team Lotus Development Driver Programme and is proving himself in World Series by Renault with consistent podium finishes and great race craft. We are very happy to confirm that AirAsia has been supporting Alexander, someone who is proving to be a great prospect at the highest echelons of global motorsport in the future.”