Alexander Rossi the Formula BMW Americas champion was a favorite among several to win the 2008 Formula BMW World Final yesterday at the “Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez“ in Mexico City, Mexico. Rossi did just that, becoming the 2008 Formula BMW World Champion. His impressive drive in the final looked easy as no one had Rossi’s pace setting fastest lap and crossing the finish line 0.655 seconds ahead Michael Christensen, of Denmark in 2nd.

The world final win caps a dream season for the 17-year old from Nevada City California who clinched the Formula BMW Americas title in September. With the World Final win yesterday, Rossi earns a test with the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Rossi set many records during the 2008 season including resetting his own several times. He now can add another to his resume becoming the first American to win the Formula BMW World Final and the only American in the international series for 2008.
“Since I began racing go karts at age 10 my path has been Formula One” said a delighted Rossi. “I still have a long way to go and much to prove, but it is important for a solid American to be in Formula One and that goal is becoming closer for me. This was a fantastic end to the 2008 season capturing both the Formula BMW Americas and World Final Championship and now an opportunity to test with BMW Sauber F1 Team. You can bet I wlll make the most of the opportunity and prepare accordingly.The entire Eurointernational team had a tremendous amount of confidence coming to Mexico City and no doubts we would bid for top honors. It is really sweet to win after overcoming technical penalties and mechanical issues this weekend, proving our resolve in the final made the difference. I have to thank my team owner Antonio Ferrari for giving me a perfect car and my parents, sponsors and supporters for an incredible 2008 season.”

Rossi posted the fastest time in the second of Friday’s four practice sessions as he came to terms with the speed and flow of the 14-turn, 4.421-kilometer circuit. Rossi finished second in Friday’s Super Pole competition to earn a front row starting spot in the first two heat races. In post-qualifying inspection a small wing spacer was found to have fallen off and Rossi was penalized four starting positions relegating him to 6th on the grid for first two heats.
Saturday in Heat one Rossi worked his way up to finish fourth. In Heat two he finished second and well on the way to an excellent World Final starting spot. Starting fourth in Heat three, a faulty gear box held him back, finishing a disappointing eighth.

For the Final Rossi was starting in fourth position (points earned in the three heat races). Rossi executed a perfect drive in the 19 lap main event. Falling back to sixth on the first lap after a cautious start, he began his charge to the front. On lap one he cleared Mikel Grenier of Canada. On lap four he drove into the top-three overtaking Ollie Millroy of Britain and Daniel Juncandella of Spain. Four laps later he was in a zone as he applied pressure and overtook 2008 Formula BMW Europe champion and local hero Esteban Gutierrez from Mexico for second. With six laps remaining in the 19-lap race Rossi passed Michael Christensen, of Denmark, to take the lead and drive to the checkered flag for a well-deserved Formula BMW World Final victory.