Dale Coyne Racing with RWR’s Romain Grosjean will make his NTT IndyCar Series race debut this weekend in the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in the No.51 Nurtect ODT Honda just 140 days since the fiery accident he had at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain while driving for the Haas F1 Team.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Grosjean, who turns 35 on Saturday commented saying:
“It’s a big thing for me to get to do my first race in the NTT IndyCar Series, for a few reasons. It’s the first one, and it’s a super exciting new challenge for me with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR but also because it’s my first race back 140 days after my big crash in Bahrain and obviously getting back into racing means a lot to me so there’s a lot of excitement ahead of race one.
“Obviously, there’s still a lot to learn, so for me the target this weekend is to learn as much as I can about IndyCar. How you race, how you manage your tires, what’s the fuel situation like. We’ve only had three days of testing and we didn’t use the option tire so qualifying will be a challenge. But I’m very open-minded about it and I think my engineer Olivier (Boisson) will tell me as much as he can, and I’ll obviously ask as much information as I can ahead of time. It should be a very exciting first race and I can’t wait until Sunday to see how it goes.”
Grosjean will compete in road and street course events this season, sharing the car with Cody Ware who will compete on ovals.
Grosjean and Ware join the returning Ed Jones who will drive the No.18 Team, SealMaster Honda, for Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing.
Grosjean also said:
“What attracts people to INDYCAR is that it’s a top series, top cars, top drivers, and the driver can actually make a difference.