At Texas A&M they say anything done twice is a tradition. I guess if you have two related diecasts, then you’ve got a collection.
The moment Alexander Rossi coasted across the yard of bricks with an empty fuel tank, my first thought was something like, “OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE HE DID IT! HE ACTUALLY WON!” My second thought was how excited I would be to get the Indy 500-winner diecast from Greenlight.
That was despite being disappointed with the Juan Pablo Montoya cast I bought last year. Somehow I had faith that Greenlight would fix the problem and that the Rossi cast would be perfect. Thankfully I was right.
I believe this is the first Greenlight IndyCar cast to have the 2016 Honda speedway aerokit. If I remember right, last year Greenlight only updated the Chevrolet aerokit while the Hondas still had the basic DW12 bodywork. (This might be totally wrong.)
Despite the problem with the rear bumper on the JPM car, I praised Greenlight last year for the intricate details on a 1/64 cast. They did even better with the Rossi car as the Honda aerokit is practically perfect.
The tampo work is all phenomenal, even the minor sponsors on the wings and the nose. Those tiny decals might not be 100% legible, but they’re not really legible at 215 mph either. ;)
I was really excited to see that NAPA has stepped up and sponsored Rossi for a good portion of the 2017 race season. The Indy 500 victory was basically the bargain of the century for the auto parts store because, as I understand it, the sponsorship was actually paid for by an association of NAPA stores based in Detroit. It seems NAPA’s national racing arm is actually sponsoring the car now.
While Rossi won the 500, the rest of his season wasn’t terribly inspiring. I hope with a year of experience under his belt and the confidence that a solid sponsor can bring will translate into much more success.
With any luck, I’ll be adding to my Indy 500-winner collection with another Rossi car next year.