Grosjean set for Andretti Autosport transfer in 2022
Welcome to IndyCar’s Large 3, Romain Grosjean.
Months after revealing the Frenchman was the most popular free agent within the paddock and the highest driver on Michael Andretti’s acquisition listing, RACER has realized Grosjean lastly got here to phrases with Andretti Autosport. It’s believed the full-time deal was signed whereas each events had been at the latest race at World Vast Know-how Raceway, the place Grosjean starred on his oval debut for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing. The 34-year-old will step into the No. 28 Honda at the moment piloted by Ryan Hunter-Reay after the season concludes in September.
It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the ex-Components 1 driver. After surviving a life-threatening crash with the tail-end Haas F1 program in November, Grosjean known as time on his grand prix profession and transitioned to the NTT IndyCar Sequence by signing with one other modest outfit within the DCRwRWR group from Illinois. Whereas there, Grosjean has out-performed all expectations as an IndyCar rookie, and because of this, finds himself on the transfer to one of many largest applications within the collection with Andretti’s championship– and Indy 500-winning effort in Indianapolis.
Grosjean can have 21-year-old phenom and present group factors chief Colton Herta, and 29-year-old Indy winner Alexander Rossi ready to obtain him as the brand new veteran core of Andretti’s reimagined group.
Though unconfirmed, promising Indy Lights expertise Devlin DeFrancesco has been persistently positioned as the driving force to take over the No. 29 Honda at the moment pushed by collection veteran James Hinchcliffe. Like Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe shouldn’t be anticipated to stay with Andretti Autosport past 2021. Hunter-Reay confirmed two weeks in the past that his future lays elsewhere.
Requested to substantiate Grosjean’s signing, an Andretti spokesperson instructed RACER, “We’ve ongoing conversations to finalize our subsequent driver lineup.”