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Larry Ott: Moeller goes from Holland to IndyCar Victory Lane

WATKINS GLEN -- There was a time many years ago when Alex Moeller was handling media responsibilities at Holland International Speedway. Sunday,he was standing in Victory Lane with race winner Alexander Rossi and the rest of the Andretti Autosport team as the victors of the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix at The Glen.

Moeller, 34  is the director of strategic partnerships for Andretti Autosport. He was smiling from ear to ear as he raced from the team's pit area to Victory Lane just after Rossi accepted the checkered flag in his No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda entry.

"This is a big day today," Moeller said in Victory Lane. "After re-signing NAPA Auto Parts to another two year extension on Friday and after announcing that we're in Victory Lane at my home track today it's been a big weekend for me for sure. From Holland to here after so many years is great and I'm just so happy that the Verizon IndyCar Series is here and I want to just thank NAPA Auto Parts and Andretti Autosport for allowing me to live the dream."

The dream began for Moeller when he moved from Baltimore to East Aurora with his family in 1994. He graduated from East Aurora High  in 2001. From 2001 to 2004 during summers while attending Duquesne University majoring in Sports Marketing, he interned at Holland for general manager Tim Bennett and public relations specialist Bruce Roll fulfilling many of the speedways media functions. Moeller graduated from Duquesne in 2005. From there, it was off to the big time.

"I've been with Michael (Andretti) and the Andretti Autosport team since 2012 when I started working on the Grand Prix of Baltimore," Moeller said. "Before that I'd been with Rusty Wallace in sponsor sales in the NASCAR Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series for a couple of years and before that it goes all the way back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in ticketing/events from 2005 to 2008 when I got my first racing job after I graduated from college."

It all began in Western New York.

"When living in Western New York, along the way I got to know Tim Bennett and the Bennett family at Holland Speedway," Moeller said. "I worked there for a few summers as a college intern handling media summary results. I was on the P.A. a few times but basically did whatever they needed me to do."

In his role at Andretti Autosport, Moeller also stood in Victory Lane at Indy in 2016 when Rossi won the 100th Indianapolis 500. Sunday's win was the second career IndyCar Series victory for Rossi.

Moeller now resides in Indianapolis his wife Idania Samudio and her two daughters Alexia and Allyssa.



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