IndyCar: Romain Grosjean confirmed at Dale Coyne Racing

Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing, IndyCar (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images) /

Romain Grosjean is officially set to move to IndyCar and compete for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing in the 2021 season.

Following several weeks of speculation, Dale Coyne Racing have confirmed that former Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean is set to join the team for the 2021 IndyCar season through their new full-season partnership with Rick Ware Racing.

The 34-year-old Frenchman is set to pilot the #51 Honda in the 13 road and street course races throughout the 17-race season, with the four oval races yet to be determined.

Grosjean vowed to get back to racing following his scary shunt at Bahrain International Circuit in late November, and now he is officially slated to do just that.

Here is what Grosjean had to say about the opportunity in a team release.

"“I’m very excited for this opportunity to race in the United States in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. I had different options in front of me for this coming season and choosing to go IndyCar Racing was definitively my favorite 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.”"

Here is what team owner Dale Coyne had to add.

"“We’ve been talking to Romain for some time now, even before his accident at Bahrain. He has shown interest in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for the past several months and we’re very happy that he has chosen to pursue his career with us and excited to welcome a driver with his pedigree to America, the Series and our team. We feel that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Series.”"

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Grosjean spent 10 years competing in Formula 1, including the final seven races of the 2009 season with Renault before becoming a full-time driver for Lotus in 2012. He competed for Lotus from 2012 to 2015 before making the move to Haas when they joined the sport in 2016, and he competed for them in their first five seasons before being released after the 2020 season.

He is set to join Ed Jones at Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, as Jones was confirmed as the driver of the #18 Honda through the team’s longtime partnership with Vasser-Sullivan last week.

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The 2021 IndyCar season is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by AmFirst after three early-season schedule changes were made due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions.