IndyCar | F1 Outcast Romain Grosjean Secures Coyne IndyCar Seat

Former Renault, Lotus and Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean has been confirmed in a part season deal to race for the Dale Coyne outfit in IndyCar this season.
  • Grosjean secures IndyCar seat.
  • Set to race on street and road course in 2021.
  • Secures seat with Dale Coyne Racing.

Frenchman Grosjean, 34, has secured a deal to contest road and street course events in IndyCar this season for Dale Coyne Racing - taking his precocious speed state side in a car share arrangement with the popular American outfit ahead of racing kicking off this April.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to race in the United States in the NTT IndyCar Series,” said the recovering Grosjean at his contract announcement.​

“I had different options in front of me for this coming season and choosing to go IndyCar Racing was definitively my favourite one. Although, I’m not ready yet to take on the ovals! IndyCar has a much more level playing field than what I have been used to in my career so far. It will be exciting to challenge for podiums and wins again.
“My left hand is still healing, but we are just about ready to get back into the race car and to start this next chapter of my career.”

Many will remember the spectacular exit from Grand Prix racing for Grosjean at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, with the former podium finisher miraculously escaping serious injury from his fireball inducing shunt on the opening lap of the first double header race in Bahrain last year - however it appears that recovery from the burns sustained to his hands are well on the way to getting him back in the car, with the Frenchman even suggesting he plans to contact Toto Wolff to take up Mercedes on their offer of a final Formula One run to wrap up his Grand Prix Racing Career.

2020 Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen has already started his new American career with a switch to IMSA racing for Cadillac, the 28-year-old making his debut in the season opening Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona last weekend - showing strong speed until the team found themselves derailed by a late puncture dropping the team to fifth place overall.

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Ole Marius Myrvold

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Sep 29, 2009
Worth noting that he is open to do the Gateway (World Wide Technology Raceway) oval if the season is going well. It's the superspeedways he is staying away from :)
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Jul 5, 2020
Man, this is GREAT news. I wouldn't be surprised if we see him do a full season in 2022. He's not going to be entirely sure what he's getting into at first, but I can see him getting a knack and feeling comfortable trying ovals.
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Paul Jeffrey

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Jun 5, 2009
I think Grosjean is going to be outstanding in IndyCar once he gets a feel for the series. I've always rated him exceptionally highly, and with his experience and the lightening fast speed he's always had, plus hopefully not needing to completely overdrive the car in order to drag it into at best the top 15 like his latter F1 days, I think we are about to see a very highly performing and spectacular driver this year.

Go Romain !


Mar 2, 2010
He will love it. He'll get to drive cars that look 10 times better than present day F1s and he will race in a series where more than two teams have a shot at winning every weekend. My first love is still F1, no question, but the best racing right now is probably in Indycar. (Although I have to say the 24 hrs of Daytona were amazing last weekend.)
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Oct 7, 2016
Wishing him all the best! Pr wise he was kinda "unlucky" I'd call it. I hope he can show that he's a great driver!

I also hope that someone will show him how to set up angle corrected triple screens... :roflmao:
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Oct 13, 2018
Just a guess... but perhaps because he doesn't want to drive ovals?
Yes, if my recollection is correct, He have said several times in the past "I won't race at oval". The reason of that is safety concern and his family don't want him to do so. As a racer, probably he want to soak the great atmosphere of Indy 500 or NASCAR. But he will easily abandon his dream for his family's wish. The episode below suggest this.

He is a brave man and looks like nice guy. I'm happy about he found his new job this soon.


Sep 20, 2020
Out of curiosity what is the brand of his steering wheel please ?
The direct drive is from Fanatec but the wheel isn't.
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