Romain Grosjean Debuts in Andretti’s Colors Ahead of 2022 IndyCar Season

Published 10/05/2021, 2:40 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Following a lengthy stint in F1, Romain Grosjean moved to new pastures after his exit from Haas at the end of 2020. Moving to IndyCar, the Frenchman joined Dale Coyne Racing in his very first season in the motor sport.

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Fast forward to October 2021, and Grosjean will test for the team which he will move to next year. That team is none other than Andretti Autosport, one of the most successful outfits in IndyCar history.

Romain Grosjean set to test for Andretti Autosport ahead of 2022 move

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Grosjean suffered a terrible end to his F1 career in 2020. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, he suffered a heavy crash which saw his car erupt into flames. While he escaped from the crash with minor burns to his hands, he returned to the racetrack. But this time, it was in IndyCar and not F1.

The Frenchman impressed many in his first IndyCar season. In 13 starts with Dale Coyne Racing, he scored three podium finishes. Two of those were second place finishes on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while the third came in Laguna Seca.

On May 14, the 35-year-old scored his first-ever pole position in the sport at Indianapolis. His exploits earned him a spot in Andretti Autosport, who won the Indy 500 six times in their history. He will replace Ryan Hunter-Reay and drive the team’s #28 car in 2022.

On September 26, the 2021 IndyCar season ended with Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing winning the championship. With the season now over, many are testing the cars which they will drive next year. And Grosjean was no exception, getting into his new Andretti Autosport car ahead of next season.

The Frenchman looked quite happy in his yellow overalls and will take part in ROP Testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow.

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Grosjean finished 15th in the driver’s standings this season

Amongst 43 drivers who competed in at least one race in IndyCar this year, Grosjean finished an impressive 15th place. With 272 points, he was the second highest-placed rookie in the driver’s standings, just one place behind Scott McLaughlin, who scored 305 points. McLaughlin won the Rookie of the Year for this season.

Aug 14, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indy Series driver Romain Grosjean (51) during the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

While his former team Dale Coyne Racing finished 14th in the entrant standings, his future team fared Andretti Autosport finished fifth. With his move to Andretti seeming to be a jump, Grosjean will hope to achieve more success in IndyCar.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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