President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation Mark Miles and President of IndyCar Jay Fry say they are very excited to see Jimmie Johnson, Romain Grosjean and Scott McLaughlin enter the series this season as they prepare for the first race of 2021, this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park which plays host to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut this weekend driving the No.51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne with RWR Honda while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson will drive the No.48 Carvana Honda. Scott McLaughlin will drive the No.3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet having made his series race debut in the 2020 season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom media call on Wednesday ahead of the 2021 season opener, Jay Frye and Mark Miles commented saying:

JAY FRYE: Well, personally like I mentioned earlier, we’re very excited. We’re very excited again, Jimmie, Scott, Romain are all great race car drivers, all great people. They’ve all integrated themselves into the sport very quickly. They’re very well-liked already.

They’re just part of us and what we do and who we are. We’re really excited to see them perform, really excited to see them progress. As Chip mentioned, it’s going to be a process or there will be great progress throughout the course of the season.

Yeah, we’re excited to see how that all plays out.


MARK MILES: Yeah, I do think part of your question is spot-on. They bring big followings with them, and we’re hearing from France, we’re hearing from New Zealand, Australia, obviously the NASCAR Nation, those fans.

We might all want to be able to guess what’s going to happen, but the fact is we don’t know what’s going to happen. They have this big following that comes with them for our fan base and these new eyeballs that will be watching. It’s just going to be exciting to see what happens. It’s what sport is all about.

In addition to the things that Jay said about how they’re really good people, we’ve enjoyed getting to know each of them. But man, the stories that will follow from this. There will be ups and downs, but a lot of people will be watching.


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