Skip to main content

American Alexander Rossi to get home run in U.S. Grand Prix

By Sarah Holt, for CNN
updated 5:31 AM EDT, Fri October 18, 2013
Alexander Rossi is getting ready for a run in front of his home fans in Texas.
Alexander Rossi is getting ready for a run in front of his home fans in Texas.
  • Alexander Rossi set to drive for Caterham Formula One team at U.S. Grand Prix
  • The Californian will take part in first practice at the Austin circuit
  • Rossi will become the first American to drive in F1 session at the track
  • Scott Speed is the last American to race in F1 back in 2007

(CNN) -- Unfurl the Stars and Stripes. Crank up the Star Spangled banner.

Home fans at next month's United States Grand Prix in Texas will have an American driver to cheer on for the first time.

Californian Alexander Rossi is set to drive in first practice on November 15 for the Caterham Formula One team.

There has not yet been an official announcement from the team but CNN understands the 22-year-old will become the first American driver to take part in a grand prix weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

Read: Where's Rosberg's missing helmet?

U.S. Grand Prix preview
What's behind Vettel's winning streak?
Ambitious Fernandes eyes progress

Rossi is the only American racer involved in F1 and the first to hit the track since Scott Speed in 2007.

The track outside Austin was developed and designed as the new home of the U.S. Grand Prix, which returned to the calendar in 2012 after a five year hiatus.

Rossi is Caterham's reserve driver and is currently racing for Caterham Racing in F1's feeder GP2 Series.

At this year's Canadian Grand Prix, Rossi reacquainted himself with an F1 car by competing in first practice.

Interactive: A Ferrari steering wheel

Rossi told CNN at last year's inaugural U.S. Grand Prix in Austin: "Americans are very patriotic and they want someone to support.

"In order to entice more fans, and to allow F1 to compete with Nascar and IndyCar, there needs to be an American driver."

Speed was the last American to compete in F1 but it's been six years since he lost his Toro Rosso seat to reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The country has produced two F1 world champions in Phil Hill (1961) and Mario Andretti (1978).

Read: Reborn in the USA

The return of the U.S. to the sport's global calendar in 2012 was a much needed boost for F1 in North America's motorsport hierarchy.

An inaugural grand prix on the streets of New Jersey has also been included in 2014's record breaking 22 race calendar.

But the race, scheduled for June 1, has a provisional status which means it could still be dropped from the sport's global tour.

For now, American F1 fans can look forward to seeing a homegrown racer in action at next month's U.S. Grand Prix.

Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
updated 10:43 AM EDT, Thu July 3, 2014
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
updated 7:10 PM EDT, Fri May 23, 2014
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.
updated 8:33 AM EDT, Thu May 22, 2014
To be a champion you must win a title -- but to become an F1 legend you must win races at Monaco, the calendar's most testing circuit.
updated 10:59 AM EDT, Wed May 21, 2014
Caterham F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi takes you on a tour of the Monaco racing circuit.
updated 8:38 AM EDT, Mon May 5, 2014
The Formula One driver transcended his sport and even 20 years after his death, Ayrton Senna commands the adoration of fans worldwide.
updated 11:00 AM EDT, Thu May 1, 2014
TO GO WITH AFP STORY IN ARABIC BY SUHEIL HOWAYEK: (FILES) Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna adjusts his rear view mirror in the pits 01 May 1994 before the start of the San Marino Grand Prix. Senna died after crashing in the seventh lap. Some 45 drivers, including Senna and Canadian Gilles Villeneuve, have been killed during Formula One races whose tracks are dubbed by some as the 'circuits of death.' AFP PHOTO/JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU (Photo credit should read JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
F1's greatest racer was killed during the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1 1994. The sport hasn't been the same since.
updated 11:16 AM EDT, Wed April 30, 2014
Just four F1 drivers turned up to Roland Ratzenberger's funeral after his death during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on April 30 1994.
updated 7:56 AM EDT, Fri April 25, 2014
For a championship with a distinctly Iberian streak, it is no surprise that South America should be high on MotoGP's list of territories to conquer.
updated 7:13 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Susie Wolff, pictured, will become the Formula One's first female competitor in 20 years when she takes part in the first practice sessions at the British and German grands prix in July.
Too weak. Can't handle the pressure. Susie Wolff has heard it all -- but she is determined to become the first female F1 driver in 20 years.