Although he's a relief driver for Manor Racing in F1, Rossi has no scheduled F1 races and IndyCar right now is his top commitment. He was lured back to America this year to drive for Bryan Herta in a partnership with Andretti Autosport. Herta was the winning car owner in 2011 with Dan Wheldon, the actual 100th anniversary of the first race in 1911, and now can claim a win in the 100th actual race.
As the elevated trains rattle overheard, it is hard to hear yourself think, never mind have a conversation. But the old man is very patient, and waits. He smiles and points to the sign - the yellow lettering stands out against the blue background. "This is where it all started you know - right here in Queens," he said. They used to take a sense of pride here that one of the world's most famous business empires took its first steps in this New York borough.
"The lineage goes George, Henry, George, Henry, George, Henry--and I'm George." So said George Steinbrenner IV, son of Hank and grandson of the Boss, on a recent afternoon at dusk. "My firstborn son would be Henry IV," he added. He was walking into Central Park from Columbus Circle and talking about his emergence, at the age of twenty-two, as a person of prominence in the family business, which, as he described it, is not the Yankees but ownership writ large: baseball teams, thoroughbreds, race cars. "All the figures that I idolized as a kid, starting with my grandfather, were on the sports-business or sports-ownership side," he continued.
An American took the Andretti family to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indianapolis500. SEE ALSO: Lamborghini's crisp, wild Huracán LP 580-2 is the most fun raging bull yet Alexander Rossi was the surprising winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" when he stretched his fuel to the finish Sunday to pull off an upset victory. He ran out of gas after taking the checkered flag. "I have no idea how we pulled that off," Rossi said. Rossi is an IndyCar rookie from California racing back in the United States after failing to put together a steady ride in Formula One.
Why does anybody live here? I can't find a decent sports bar, or even a 7-Eleven where I can feed my out-of-town guests. Yep, B-Hills is definitely a dump. Don't see it lasting more than a few thousand more years, max. Yet I stop by because I don't give up on people, places or things -- no matter how hyper-gentrified and super-successful they are.