Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean in the No.51 Honda completed 83 laps of the Barber Motorsports Park circuit in Birmingham Alabama on his first day as an NTT IndyCar Series driver.
The Frenchman had a solid day despite a minor spin on Tuesday morning. Speaking following the action, Grosjean said:
“It felt good to be back in a race car. It really felt like home. It’s obviously a new car and I had to adjust a little bit to my new driving position, but things quickly felt quite smooth. I then discovered the joys of not having a power steering wheel. I don’t regret all the hours in the gym, but maybe I’ll do some more, just in case!”
“We worked on different things throughout the day. You always try and find the limit, which I did this morning in Turn 1, I wasn’t quite happy with that, but I understood something that you could do in Formula 1 and not in IndyCar, so it was a good learning experience.
GGrosjea’s first day of IndyCar action came less than three months after his horrendous accident in Bahrain.
Grosjean spoke about working with his new engineer, Olivier Boisson saying:
Then there was a lot of learning about when you change the dampers and tools on the car, what it actually does to the car, what part of the corner. So, we worked on getting a feel for that. And also getting to learn to work with my engineer Olivier (Boisson) and getting to understand each other when it comes to communicating what the car is doing. That’s been our day, it’s been pretty good overall.”
Grosjean concluded saying:
“It went OK. It’s not perfect. There’s a nice big blister on my left thumb, which is not pretty, but driving wise it was OK. It wasn’t painful. I was being a bit careful on some of the curbs but generally it hasn’t been a limitation.”
Grosjean will be back in action with Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing on Monday 1 March at Laguna Seca.