By his personal account, Romain Grosjean will probably be “a correct rookie” when he takes to Gateway’s 1.25-mile monitor in Illinois subsequent weekend, when the Frenchman makes his oval IndyCar race debut.
Grosjean, who has impressed this season in America’s premier single-seater sequence on the wheel of Dale Coyne Racing’s #51 entry, has up to now restricted his appearances to IndyCar’s street programs.
Final weekend, for the second time this 12 months, the previous Haas F1 driver completed second on Indy’s street course.
However the urge to pattern the thrills of oval racing kicked on the outset for Grosjean, and Gateway Motorsport Park’s medium velocity, low banking monitor is little question the ‘most secure’ surroundings for the Dale Coyne Racing charger to check his abilities and, maybe extra importantly, his consolation degree.
“Subsequent week I’m a rookie, a correct rookie,” Grosjean mentioned final weekend at Indy, quoted by RaceFans.
“I’ve been named a rookie all 12 months lengthy. I don’t really feel like one. Subsequent week I’m one. I simply wish to step by step go for it, enhance myself, [and] find out about it.”
Evidently, Grosjean, supported by his workforce, has executed his homework and performed as a lot preparation as doable to ease himself into the oval expertise, having fun with a warm-up outing final month at Gateway.
“There was a lot to be taught. It’s so completely different from each kind of racing I’ve executed earlier than,” he added.
“It’s a bizarre one. The automotive drives itself. Individuals are telling you that’ll be high-quality, and also you’re like, ‘what are they speaking about, I drive my automotive!’.
“On the ovals I feel the automotive does the work, and also you management the velocity, and it’s fairly a little bit of an odd feeling.
“I feel it’s simply going to be an amazing expertise. I wish to see the way it’s going, everybody appears to be having fun with ovals there.
“I nonetheless favor street programs, however I like braking late. I’m wanting ahead to it and seeing what we will get out of it.”
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In any case, Grosjean is retaining it actual and will not head into his first oval race with a way of complacency.
“Everybody who thinks it’s straightforward to run ovals is totally mistaken,” he insisted. “It’s robust and requires a unique feeling, however I need to say I’m having fun with it. I’m wanting ahead to discovering extra.”
“The racing goes to be the very thrilling half. Each time you go right into a nook, it’s a high-speed nook, and it’s enjoyable, but it surely retains the adrenaline going.”
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