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He won the Indy 500. Now Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi will be on TV’s ‘Amazing Race’

Alexander Rossi smiles after wining the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2016.
Alexander Rossi smiles after wining the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2016. AP

Alexander Rossi can speed around a racetrack like few others. Question is, how fast can he move around the world?

Rossi, who was raised in Nevada City, will compete alongside fellow IndyCar driver Conor Daly on Season 30 of “The Amazing Race,” the show announced Thursday.

The duo will square off against 10 other two-person teams, including former NBA players Shawn Marion and Cedric Ceballos, competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus, and the co-owners of Arizona Goat Yoga.

Competitors on “The Amazing Race” dash from country to country solving challenges, with teams that lag behind being eliminated as time goes on. The winning unit walks away $1 million richer.

Rossi and Daly began racing cars as preteens, eventually living together in London and Indianapolis while competing on weekends. Rossi won the centennial Indy 500 as a 24-year-old rookie in 2016, then finished seventh in this year’s event.

Season 30 of “The Amazing Race” will debut Jan. 3 on CBS.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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