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A Solid Start To His Andretti Tenure For Grosjean

Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean in the No.28 DHL Honda had a solid start to his first season with the team in the NTT IndyCar Series at the 2022 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on Sunday.

The French-Swiss driver, who has made the step up to a full-time seat in the NTT IndyCar Series having joined Andretti from Dale Coyne Racing over the off-season following an impressive partial rookie season in 2021 started the 100 lap race from fifth place and that is where he finished the event.

Grosjean came home just behind his Andretti Autosport team-mate, Colton Herta in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda and just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay in the No.21 SONAX Chevrolet.

Speaking following the race on Sunday, Grosjean said:

“The first race of the season is done and we came away with a double top five – fourth for Colton (Herta) and fifth for myself. We lacked a bit of something today but we are going to work hard to come back next race. The next street course is Long Beach so we should be good there. I am looking forward to going testing in Texas now.”

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Grosjean Leads The Way In The First Practice Of 2022

Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean in the No.28 DHL Honda gave his new team something to smile about as he led the opening practice session for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding.

Grosjean set a fastest time of 01:01.0525s ending the day just ahead of his team-mate Colton Herta who set a time of 01:01.1567s.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet set a time good enough for third place with a time of 01:01.2282s.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud was fourth fastest with a time of 01:01.3249s.

It was a great session for Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda as he ended the day in fifth place with a time of 01:01.3683s.

Alexander Rossi was sixth with a time of 01:01.4570s just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Jack Harvey who set a time of 01:01.4903s.

Scott McLaughlin was eighth fastest with a time of 01:01.5354s.

Rinus VeeKay was ninth with a 01:01.5522s while rookie David Malukas rounded out the top ten for Dale Coyne Racing with a 01:01.5889s.

Helio Castroneves was 11th with a time of 01:01.6086s just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Kyle Kirkword 01:01.6177s.

Delvin DeFrancesco was 13th with a time of 01:01.6632s just ahead of Josef Newgarden and Marcus Ericsson.

Felix Rosenqvist was 16th just ahead of defending champion Alex Palou.

Takuma Sato was 18th just ahead of Scott Dixon and Pato O’Ward who set a time of 01:01.8297s.

Conor Daly was 21st just ahead of Callum Ilott and Dalton Kellett.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson was 24th just ahead of Christian Lundgaard and Tatiana Calderon.

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Grosjean One To Watch This Season

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Petersburg.

Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean, driver of the No.28 DHL Honda will one driver to watch this weekend.

The French-Swiss driver has moved to Andretti Autosport on a full-time basis this year.

Andretti Autosport had a strong test in Sebring last week and Grosjean is looking forward to getting on track again this weekend.

The Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Petersburg takes place from February 25-27.

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A Strong Line-Up As Andretti Autosport Look To The Future

Andretti Autosport head into the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season which gets underway in just under three weeks time in St Petersburg looking for a strong season.

The team have a new line-up this season with Romain Grosjean moving to a full-time programme having joined Andretti over the winter to drive the No.28 DHL Honda.

Delvin DeFrancesco will make his NTT IndyCar Series race debut in St Pete in the No.29 Genesys Honda.

Cotton Herta, driver of the No.26 Gainbridge Honda, fresh from finishing second in the Race Of Champions Nations Cup in Sweden over the weekend will be hoping to build on his momentum in St Pete and beyond.

Herta won three races during the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season in fourth place in the championship.

Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda returns to the team this year and will be hoping for a stronger season in 2022 after ending last season in tenth place in championship.

A mix of youth and experience should help Andretti Autosport challenge for the championship this year.

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What A Difference A Year Makes!

Sunday, 29 November 2020, started out like any other race day for the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean as he prepared for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The French-Swiss driver headed into the race knowing that he was leaving the Haas F1 Team at the end of the season and was set to join Dale Coyne Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2021 season.

Grosjean started the race from 19th place and made a horrible start to the race and heading down from turn 2 he ran wide and hit the barrier where the car was ripped in half. Grosjean was able to escape the blaze but suffered severe burns to his hands but was getting out of the car quickly was pivotal to saving his life.

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Grosjean returned to the track to a heroes welcome shortly after the crash and has been offered a farewell F1 test with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team.

Fast forward to 2021. Grosjean is like a phoenix rising from the ashes as he took part in a partial program in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2021 competing on road and street course events claiming podiums and the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis where he claimed his maiden NTT P1 Award and finished the season in 15th place with four top-five finishes.

Grosjean’s remarkable success in his rookie season in the NTT IndyCar Series caught the attention of Michael Andretti and for the 2022 season, Grosjean will compete full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series driving the No.28 DHL Honda vacated by Ryan Hunter Reay.

Grosjean tweeted on Monday, the anniversary of his accident saying:

Grosjean went on to tweet the following:

Romain Grosjean will make his Indianapolis 500 debut with Andretti Autosport in May having successfully completed ROP (Rookie Orientation Programme).

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Grosjean Will Be Well Prepared For IndyCar Race Debut

Dale Coyne with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean will be well prepared for his NTT IndyCar Series race debut at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18.

Speaking to the media during a conference call last week to announce his move from Formula One to IndyCar, the Frenchman said that he has spent countless hours at home on his simulator getting up to speed with the tracks that he will compete on with the Honda powered Dale Coyne Racing team this season.

Olivier Boisson will serve as Grosjean’s lead race engineer which will help the Frenchman get up to speed as Boisson is also from France so they will be able to converse in French.

Grosjean has confirmed that he has already had email and WhatsApp communication with the team and will fly out to the United States on 15th February ahead of his first test in the IndyCar.

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Grosjean Excited About The Next Chapter In His Career

Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean says he is excited about starting the next chapter in his racing career. It was announced last week that the Frenchman will join Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing for all the road and street course IndyCar Series races in 2021.

Speaking following the announcement, Grosjean who spent nine years in Formula One commented saying:

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to race in the United States in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. “I had different options in front of me for this coming season and choosing to go IndyCar Racing was definitively my favorite one. Although, I’m not ready yet to take on the ovals! IndyCar has a much more level playing field than what I have been used to in my career so far. It will be exciting to challenge for podiums and wins again.  My left hand is still healing, but we are just about ready to get back into the race car and to start this next chapter of my career.”

Romain Grosjean on joining the NTT IndyCar Series for 2021

Grosjean joins Ed Jones at Dale Coyne Racing as Jones returns to the sport following a year away from the sport.

Romain Grosjean will get his first opportunity to get behind the wheel of an IndyCar when he tests for Dale Coyne Racing on Monday 22nd February at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Grosjean joins fellow Formula One alumni, Takuma Sato, (defending Indianapolis 500 winner), 2016 Indianapoils 500 winner, Alexander Rossi, Marcus Ericsson and Max Chilton in IndyCar.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway on Sunday 18th April at Barber Motorsports Park with the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama.