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IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi made history by becoming the first driver to win three legendary races with a reputation for challenging drivers’ endurance.

Alexander Rossi ended his second consecutive IndyCar season winless for Andretti Autosport, but he could hardly call the year a disappointment.

In fact, he made history by adding the Rolex 24 Daytona and Baja 1000 titles to his Indianapolis 500 victory in 2016 and became the only driver to hold those three trophies.

Rossi, who called the Baja race “chaotic, awesome and terrifying”, was the sixth Indy 500 winner to take on Ensenada’s grueling off-road course in La Paz.

Of those, Parnelli Jones probably came closest to Rossi’s feat – with wins in Indianapolis and Baja – but didn’t complete his only appearance in the 24-hour Daytona race. Buddy Rice won both US-based races, but was unable to conquer the desert and mountains of Mexico’s coastal peninsula.

Rossi shows historic versatility

Baja, Indy, and Daytona each test the limits of drivers’ endurance, skill, and judgment in unique ways. Success requires a constant balance of patience and aggressiveness and the ability to relax and rest the body for long periods of time without losing focus for a nanosecond.

And while every race from local karting to Formula 1 requires these adjustments to some extent, these three races could be the most difficult tests of a driver’s concentration: Indy and Daytona for their repetition and Baja for his unpredictability.

With this legendary achievement, Rossi should be considered one of the great multidisciplinary in racing. If we were to carve a Mount Rushmore for such achievements, who should join in?

The most prominent head should belong to Mario Andretti. His record reads like the feverish dream of a young driver: four IndyCar titles, a Formula 1 world championship, two IROC series championships, a track title and three victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring to accompany a victory in Indy 500 and a victory at Daytona 500.

Andretti and Dan Gurney are the only drivers to have won races in Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and WSSC, but Gurney has never won a championship in any format.

Gurney joined AJ Foyt at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, racing for Carroll Shelby. But Gurney left most of the driving to Foyt after sleeping during a night shift change, and Foyt would go on to add 1985 Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours wins to his four Indy 500 wins, only one Daytona 500 victory, 12 USAC championships and two IROC championships.

We may have to move Mount Racemore to international waters, but the fourth head belongs to British legend Graham Hill. Hill is the only driver to win the Indy 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a Formula 1 championship. Hill and his son Damon, the 1996 champion, are also the only father-son title winners in history. the F1.

In an era when fatal and career-ending crashes were rife, Hill avoided serious injury until the 1969 United States Grand Prix. And while his performance in Formula 1 declined after that sinking, his victory at Le Mans came three years later.

There are dozens of accomplished and talented riders who haven’t done the mountain but deserve a spot in the gift shop below.

Phil Hill has won Le Mans three times and was the only American driver to win a Formula 1 title. Emerson Fittipaldi has won two F1 crowns and two Indy 500s. Fernando Alonso has two Le Mans victories and two F1 championships , and he might still have another chance at securing an Indy 500 victory.

With McLaren’s increased investment in its IndyCar efforts, Andretti Autosport’s attempted foray into Formula 1, and Penske’s interest in anything that has wheels, we might see more drivers attempting multi crossovers. -formats in the future.

This means nothing more than victories for the racing drivers, who not only get compelling races that bring the most talented drivers to the top, but endless arguments as to who is best at doing it all.