Romain Grosjean continues his career in the US IndyCar series. The former Formula 1 driver signed a contract with Dale Coyne Racing on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Grosjean had been racing in Formula 1 since 2012 and ended his Haas F1 career at the end of last year. The Frenchman had to miss the last two races of the season after suffering burns on his hand in a serious accident in Bahrain.
In the United States, Grogan will only compete on the streets and on regular racetracks. It leaves the ultra-fast ovals, which include the prestigious Indianapolis 500.
“I am very happy with this opportunity to race in the United States,” Grossgen said on his new team site. “I had a lot of options, but quickly decided on myself that I wanted to race IndyCar, although I wasn’t ready for the ovals yet.”
“IndyCar has a lot more equal playing field than anything I’ve seen in my career so far. It would be exciting to fight for the platform and win again.”
Roman Grosjean ended his Formula 1 career with a very dangerous accident in Bahrain.
Grosjean took ten spots on the podium in F1
Grosjean made a promising start in his Formula 1 career and rose to the podium a total of ten times with Team Lotus in 2012 and 2013. In 2016, he transferred to the new Haas F1 Team, scoring points only intermittently.
In addition to Grogan, co-worker Kevin Magnussen also had to leave Haas at the end of last year. The two drivers in the US racing stable will be replaced by German Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, and Russian Nikita Mazepin.
In the US, Grogan will compete with Rinus Van Calmthout, among others. The 20-year-old Hoofdorber will start his second season in the prestigious American racing series this year.
IndyCar season kicks off April 18 in Alabama with a race at Barber Motorsports Park.