|CAR||#43 Ford Fiesta|
|SPONSOR||Monster Energy Drink|
Partnered with Ken Block since 2005, when Alessandro Alex Gelsomino joined Vermont Sports Car in the DC Shoes sponsored car and the team had a strong first season, finishing third in Group N, the duo moved to Ford power in ‘10. The pair competed in Rally America and World Rally Championship races.
Alex's international debut came in ‘07 when he paired with Block for their first WRC event at the Corona Rally Mexico. They also ran a program in the New Zealand Rally Championship. The pair won the Colorado Rally and placed on the podium in the last round of the New Zealand Championship at Rally Nelson. The season also saw the team collecting silver medal at the Summer X-Games.
In ‘06, the Southern California duo placed second in the Rally America Championship, scoring two wins and a bronze medal at the Summer X-Games held in Los Angeles.
Alex has actively competed in the major North American Rally championships since 1998, always sitting in Open and Group N cars.
After co-driving for several privateer teams, Alex joined Arizona-based AVSport for the ‘02 season. The opportunity resulted in sitting with a couple of the team's customers and collecting several important results. Notably a third place in class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, second in Group N at the Oregon Trails Rally as well as competing at the International Rally of Wales, in the British Championship.
The end of the ‘02 season brought Alex's first international outright victory, when he and American driver Mark Nelson put an AVSport-prepared car on top of the podium at the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile Laughlin International Rally, in front of the factory backed Mitsubishi Team.
Soon after his victory at the Nevada Rally, Alex was hired to co-drive for veteran U.S. driver Tim O'Neil in the ‘03 ProRally season with the Air Force Reserve sponsored Ford Focus SVT. That partnership resulted in first place privateer and fourth overall in one of the most competitive seasons recorded in North American Rally history.
Alex started competing in ‘92 when he was 17 years old and applied for his rally license the same day he obtained his driving permit. His first years were spent competing in the popular one make series in the Italian Championship, with Opel, Peugeots, and Renaults. Those early years, spent learning the proper use of pace notes, were an important boost when Alex moved to USA, in the mid-90s and resumed his rally career in the California Rally Championship.
He was born and raised in Italy, where rallies are more than a tradition. He has a college degree in accounting and business administration, and speaks three languages fluently.