Romain Grosjean Explains the Special American IndyCar Culture

Published 10/19/2021, 4:30 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)


Former Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean made quite the impact in his rookie IndyCar season this year. In the 13 races he competed in, the Frenchman recorded three podiums and six top-10 finishes.

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With 272 points, he also finished the season as the second-highest placed rookie in the overall IndyCar driver’s standings, 33 points behind Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin. Although he didn’t make as much of an impact during his F1 career, one cannot deny his talent as a racing driver after his time in IndyCar.

During a recent interaction, the 35-year-old revealed the difference in atmospheres between IndyCar and F1.

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Romain Grosjean details how IndyCar’s atmosphere differs from F1

Grosjean briefly drove in F1 for Renault in 2009, before making his full season debut in 2012. He rejoined the French team that year, who took on the Lotus Renault GP name for a brief period. Although he secured eight career F1 podium finishes, he barely troubled those gunning for the driver’s championship.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Although his F1 career ended in a massive crash in last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, he didn’t stop racing. Grosjean made his IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne Racing, and found his groove almost instantly.

Recently, Grosjean appeared on the ‘In the Fast Lane’ podcast, where he spoke about the difference between F1 and IndyCar in terms of atmosphere. He mentioned how he enjoyed various aspects about racing in USA, which included time spent with fellow drivers.

He said“I’ve been enjoying the year. From the atmosphere in the paddock, with the drivers, sharing barbecues on Saturday evening and then going racing hard on Sunday and sharing a beer after the race.

“To, being able to have pretty much the same equipment as the others. To go and fight for podiums and pole positions and fight for the win sometimes. So, I’ve really enjoyed it.” 

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The Frenchman also complimented American racing fans, who are extremely passionate about IndyCar. “The fans as well, have been absolutely incredible in the States,” said Grosjean. “Huge star there, a little bit strange. But, I love it and the support that they’re giving me has been absolutely incredible.”

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After achieving incredible success in his rookie season, Andretti Autosport signed the Frenchman for 2022. He will also take part in next year’s Indianapolis 500 after recently undergoing his rookie orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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