Alexander Rossi

Alexander Rossi will highlight Andretti Autosport’s Military to Motorsports program in the upcoming Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, when his No. 27 Honda is outfitted with sponsorship.

The Verizon IndyCar Series team introduced its Military to Motorsports initiative last year, seeking to attract military veterans to take jobs in the motorsports industry through careers with Andretti Autosport and the team’s network of partners. The unique sponsorship first appeared on Rossi’s car last year at Pocono Raceway, where the American driver scored a podium finish while kick-starting the program.

Rossi’s car will again feature the patriotic red, white and blue livery of Military to Motorsports for the race weekend at ISM Raceway near Phoenix on April 6-7.

“This is such an exciting announcement and something that I am so proud to be a part of,” Rossi said. “I bleed red, white and blue and it honors me to be a spokesperson for an organization that is determined to help those who have fought for our freedom. This is wonderful timing with the rebirth of the Verizon IndyCar Series. I look forward to trying to get the Military to Motorsports car to victory lane.”

Retired U.S. military veterans may apply for open positions by visiting David Tilton, retired from the U.S. Navy, is co-founder of the program. 

“The (Phoenix) race weekend will be a chance for Military to Motorsports to showcase our effort in helping these true heroes who have put their lives on the line for us, so that we can enjoy the sport of racing,” Tilton said. “This year, we have expanded our Military to Motorsports initiative to Andretti Autosport’s partners, allowing more opportunities for our military veterans in various locations nationwide. 

“The Phoenix race is a great opportunity to create more awareness of our program, generating a positive impact on our heroes and their families, as we support them with their transition from their military lives to the private sector."    

Tickets for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix are available at The race airs live at 9 p.m. ET Saturday, April 7 on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.