Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Romain Grosjean in the No.51 Nurtec ODT Honda says that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course was the closest track to what he has been used to during his time in Formula One so he was confident of a strong result.
The Frenchman dominated the race, leading from pole and taking a bonus point for most laps led and speaking to Paddock Eye following the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis he said:
Well, every track is a new challenge. Indy GP, I knew it was probably the closest from the track that I’ve been racing over the last 10 years, so I could tell I was going to feel confident here.
Also the Honda simulator, it’s a brilliant tool, so I was on first the morning doing some laps here. I’m going to have a session again before Detroit to practice there, but I’ve heard it’s quite bumpy.
ALEX PALOU: That’s what they say.
ROMAIN GROSJEAN: Yeah, that’s what they say. Have you lost teeth yet?
ALEX PALOU: It’s my first time, as well, because we didn’t run last year.
ROMAIN GROSJEAN: Oh, yeah. So it’s going to be quite an interesting weekend. I loved St. Pete. I don’t think we were as competitive as we were on the road course. We’re going to do some — we’re going to keep working, do some great work on the simulator. I’m also going to have a test in Road America before we go there, so that’s going to be nice to have an extra day in the car just to keep learning about it and keep finding a few things here and there.
Grosjean went on to say:
“It’s not a bad day! I think we’re kind of disappointed to be second but also super happy. I was telling the team, guys, it’s a great day. You can’t be disappointed being second. It’s fantastic!” shared Grosjean. “We’ve had a strong car all weekend. We were leading the race quite easily in the first stint. We got a bit unlucky with traffic and back markers and I think that cost us a chance to go for the win, but also Rinus (Veekay) was quite fast on a different strategy. The right one, I guess.
“But we’ve done great work, and finishing second in my third race starting in INDYCAR, it’s pretty big. It is a tough championship. There’s super good talent here, super fast drivers.”