Romain Grosjean finally gets a top ride with a top team


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Ten seasons spent racing in Formula 1 never really allowed Romain Grosjean to show his talents. His stint in the Renault-turned-Lotus was perhaps his best opportunity, where he landed a strange podium, but the team sank into mediocrity. Then an opportunity arose within the totally useless Haas team, from which he retired (following a near-fatal accident) in 2020. With a switch to IndyCar for 2021, RoGro proved worthy of the sport, winning three podiums in a partial-season The effort of Dale Coyne Racing who should really be an intermediate packer.

For 2022, the Phoenix takes flight in one of IndyCar’s big three teams – well, it’s really the third after the big two – Andretti Autosport. Even still, it’s a huge opportunity for the 35-year-old. Andretti driver Colton Herta won two races this year and was in contention for a third at the Nashville event before collapsing. Given this level of equipment, Grosjean could be heading for his first racing victory since his GP2 championship season in 2011.

Hunter-Reay had his least successful IndyCar season this year, and at 40 he is ready for the next chapter of his racing career. With all of these factory backed LMDh programs, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up doing an IMSA or WEC program. The current DHL driver is 18 victories in IndyCar, including a championship in 2012, but gradually yielded fewer results in the following years.

“We are delighted to welcome Romain to the Andretti Autosport family,” said Michael Andretti, CEO and President of Andretti Autosport. “He already had an impressive CV before coming to IndyCar and seeing what he was able to do in his rookie season here has been exciting to say the least. His extensive motorsport experience will benefit the team alongside our already strong 2022 rider squad. We also couldn’t be more excited to continue our strong partnership with DHL. The DHL sponsorship is one of the longest and most successful in the paddock and we look forward to continuing to be successful on and off the track.

Grosjean has been extremely exciting to watch in IndyCar this year. Obviously he likes to fight for position, although he takes a few risks that other more balanced riders might not take. He is hungry and passionate but speaks softly the only way French drivers seem t0 to be. I hope we can see him run at the top of his game for many more seasons to come. He made his oval debut this season a few weeks ago at the Gateway event, where he didn’t melt anyone’s mind, but certainly held on. With a little more experience, he could prove to be a very complete IndyCar driver. Future champion? Probably not with Ganassi and Penske dominating the proceedings (and McLaren throwing a few hard knocks along the way), but certainly a contender for victory.

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