Dale Coyne with RWR’s Romain Grosjean who made his NTT IndyCar Series race debut at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama on Sunday, driving the No.51 Nurtec ODT Honda was delighted with how his first race in the series went.
The Frenchman who started the race from seventh place kept out of trouble, avoiding the first lap carnage and came home in a strong tenth place finish and speaking following the event he said:
“What a day! My first race in INDYCAR, and my first top-10 result. We can be very happy with that. We fought for a long time with the top four, and we did our best. There’s a lot that we learned today, so we’ll move on to St. Pete and keep working to improve. I still need to get used to rolling starts [as used in INDYCAR, Formula One uses a standing start], but it was a lot of fun!”
Grosjean went into more detail about his first experience of a rolling restart saying:
“It was my first race in the NTT IndyCar Series and my first top 10 finish, so we can be very happy with that,” “We fought at the front for some time, and we did our best. We learned a lot today, and overall, we can be very proud of our weekend. (About his first rolling start) The rolling start wasn’t pretty! I got caught a little bit, but I just need to get used to it. It’s not easy. You have to get the right timing, but it was fun. Now we move on to St. Pete where we’ll try to do better.”