Endurance: Grosjean signs with Lamborghini

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Tuesday, December 06, 2022 at 10:39 a.m.

Romain Grosjean (36), who has been driving in Indycar since the end of his Formula 1 adventure, has signed up with Lamborghini to participate in endurance races, and in particular the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.

A new adventure for Romain Grosjean! Next season, the 36-year-old French driver will still compete in Indycar, but he will add another string to his bow by taking part in endurance races with the prestigious Lamborghini team, culminating in participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024. Retired from Formula 1 since 2020, Grosjean finished 15th (with Rick Ware Racing in 2021) then 13th (with Andretti in 2022) in the Indycar championship, without winning a race, and will set off again for a third season, still with Andretti, between March and September 2023. But in addition, the miracle of the Bahrain GP 2020 will take part in some endurance races in GT3 in the North American IMSA championship, before devoting himself to the development of his car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as he explained in the columns of The Team.  » I will be racing in GT in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2, starting with the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, then Sebring in March, and maybe Watkins Glen in June. We had considered the 24 Hours of Spa because it’s a big race in GT but there is an Indycar Grand Prix the same weekend (July 2). The LMDh prototype will arrive in the United States in August. That’s good, the Indycar Championship ending in September, from then on I will be able to concentrate solely on the development of the car, ”explains the driver. In principle, the calendars are designed well enough that the disciplines do not overlap too often.

The good memory of 2010

Romain Grosjean had already participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, when he was no longer in F1. And he hopes to repeat the experience several times, because for him it is a real childhood dream. “In 2010, it was an exceptional experience! I remember, we broke the engine in the pits, I was driving. When restarting it, it gave up. So with my friend Adrien Paviot, we went to stand at the Dunlop bend to see the cars go by, it was 3 am. I was no longer in pilot mode, but in spectator mode. This race is a week-long party, unlike the Grands Prix in which I am used to participating. From that side, it looks like the Indianapolis 500 Miles, where a crowd of enthusiasts also go. (…) When I started my career in karting, if I had been told you would do the Monaco GP in F1, the Indianapolis 500 Miles and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the premier category, I don’t know not if I would have believed it. At 36, Romain Grosjean is still living a waking dream.

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