Alexander Rossi admittedly grew weary of Conor Daly’s company in their weeks together during shooting for “The Amazing Race.”
No offense to his erstwhile fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver, Rossi said. And it’s not like Daly isn’t the jovial sort. But Rossi was glad to finally be able to strike up a fresh conversation with someone new after returning from the CBS reality adventure show that criss-crossed the globe last fall. The next episode airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT today.
“It doesn’t matter who it is,” said Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner. “It could be your best friend in the world, your girlfriend, your wife, your father. You’re going to get tired of talking to them.”
Rossi and Daly, whose competitions have included racing in French fry outfits, are among five teams remaining in contention for a $1 million prize. The show has presented the understated Andretti Autosport driver with numerous situations to push personal boundaries.
“I don’t think in a normal scenario I’d try to belly dance in Morocco,” Rossi said. “So, I think that was definitely an adrenaline fuel thing because you’re trying to win a million dollars. But without a million dollars on the line, there was no way in hell that was happening.”
Rossi said he has been pleased with how competitors are fairly presented, considering the influence producers wield when editing such a volume of footage. And he was taken aback by just how isolated he and Daly had been even while being monitored at nearly all times.
“To be completely disconnected from your family and reality, there were world events we didn’t even know had happened,” Rossi said. “We found out about the Vegas shooting two weeks after it happened, and the California fires and everything. That part wasn’t enjoyable because you were so constricted to a little bubble, which initially was nice. It was nice to have that and kind of free your mind, if you will, but once you finish your book and then you had no money to buy another one and you were locked in your hotel room and the only person you could talk to WAS your teammate, it took its toll.”
Right, Conor, again.
After all of it, Rossi’s phone figured to have been vibrating out of its case with notifications once he returned to North America. But he was pleasantly surprised his unread list was “less than 500.”
After nearly two months, that’s it? Did no one miss him? Didn’t he hope for just a few more?
“I did not,” he grinned.