IndyCar: ‘Loyal’ Romain Grosjean fan totally snubs Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske, IndyCar - Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske, IndyCar - Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports /

Andretti Autosport made clear they were huge fans of a young Romain Grosjean fan who totally ignored Scott McLaughlin’s fist bump after Sunday’s IndyCar race.

Unlike in St. Petersburg, Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin and Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean made it to the finish line unscathed in Sunday afternoon’s race at Barber Motorsports Park unscathed, with McLaughlin claiming his first win of the 2023 IndyCar season.

Grosjean, on the other hand, secured his second straight runner-up finish and the fifth of his career. He is still seeking his first career victory.

It looked as though that first victory would come in St. Petersburg before McLaughlin unintentionally took him out, prompting a sincere apology afterward.

Then it looked as though it would come at Barber Motorsports Park after Grosjean passed McLaughlin following the final pit stop sequence.

However, Scott McLaughlin was able to fight back and retake the lead from Romain Grosjean before going on to secure his fourth career IndyCar victory.

The fourth different winner through four races this year moved up from a ninth place tie to fourth in the championship standings, with Grosjean moving up from seventh to fifth after leading 57 of the 90 laps around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile (3.83-kilometer) natural terrain road course in Birmingham, Alabama.

After the race, McLaughlin was posing for pictures with young fans, including a McLaughlin fan and a Grosjean fan. While he got a fist bump from the former, the latter totally snubbed him.

The move made NBC lead announcer Leigh Diffey laugh, and it received a message of approval from Andretti Autosport.

The quick-thinking McLaughlin ended up giving himself a fist bump instead.

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The next race on the 2023 IndyCar schedule is the GMR Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 13. The fifth of 17 races on the calendar is set to open up the month of May’s festivities at the Brickyard and be broadcast live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.