IndyCar: Romain Grosjean announcement set for Wednesday

Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar (Photo by Antonin Vincent - Pool/Getty Images)
Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar (Photo by Antonin Vincent - Pool/Getty Images) /

Romain Grosjean is set to officially announce his plans for the upcoming racing season on Wednesday, with an IndyCar seat likely.

After 10 seasons in Formula 1, including the last five with Haas since they entered the sport in 2016, Romain Grosjean was replaced at the sport’s lone American team and will not be back in 2021.

Haas opted to release both Grosjean and teammate Kevin Magnussen after four years together, replacing them with rookies Mick Schumacher, the reigning Formula 2 champion, and Nikita Mazepin.

But the 34-year-old Frenchman still plans to race this year, even after his horrific wreck in the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit in late November.

And he is expected to compete full-time in IndyCar for Dale Coyne Racing, with an announcement coming on Wednesday.

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Last week, Dale Coyne Racing confirmed that Ed Jones is set to return to the team and compete through their partnership with Vasser-Sullivan behind the wheel of the #18 Honda. They went on to confirm another full-season partnership with Rick Ware Racing to field the #51 Honda on a full-time basis and the #52 Honda on a part-time basis.

Grosjean has been tipped to compete behind the wheel of the #51 Honda, despite initial suggestions that he may forgo the opportunity to compete in the four oval races on the 17-race schedule following his scary shunt.

According to RACER’s Chris Medland, Grosjean is slated to announce his plans for the 2021 season on Wednesday, and nothing about the speculation that he will enter IndyCar has changed.

Additionally, team owner Dale Coyne also said last week that he expected to announce the driver of the team’s second full-time car sometime this week, so it all checks out.

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The 2021 IndyCar season is scheduled to kick off at Barber Motorsports Park with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by AmFirst on Sunday, April 18 following three coronavirus pandemic restriction-related schedule changes.