After a brilliant qualification in 7th position, Romain Grosjean finished his first IndyCar Series race in Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in the Top 10.
The Frenchman qualified 7th in the Honda Indy Alabama Grand Prix and maintained his position in what was his first pitched start while avoiding a big crash on the first lap aboard his # 51 Honda.
Grosjean in the Top 10 in Alabama
Grosjean and his team chose to make two pit stops in a fuel-efficient strategy race. With cars ahead of him, Grosjean moved up to fifth on lap 18 and was third when he entered the pit lane for his first stop on lap 33. Following his stop, Grosjean found himself 16th but he would quickly return to the top 10 where he continued to maintain his pace until his last stop on lap 62.
The # 51 Honda Nurtec ODT rider would finish 10th in his first NTT IndyCar Series race as a rookie.
“It was my first race in the NTT IndyCar Series and my first top 10 so we can be very happy with that,” said Grosjean. “We fought in front for a while and we did our best. We learned a lot today, and overall we can be very proud of our weekend.
“About my first rolling start, the start itself wasn’t pretty! I got embarrassed a bit, but I just need to get used to it. It’s not easy. have the right timing, but it was fun. Now we move on to St. Pete where we’re going to try to do better. «
Grosjean and his team Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing will be back in action next weekend (April 23 – 25) in the streets of St Petersburg for the second round of the season.