The Frenchman, who moved throughout to America’s prime single-seater class this season, had beforehand admitted to being cautious of racing on ovals as a consequence of their high-speed nature.
Nonetheless, he believed he may “put fear aside” and as early as March, the 10-time F1 podium finisher spoke to workforce house owners Dale Coyne and Rick Ware about probably operating at Gateway.
To that finish, Coyne – who ran Pietro Fittipaldi rather than Grosjean on the Indianapolis and Texas ovals – mentioned his workforce was ready to run three vehicles for the 20-21 August occasion at Gateway and that the previous Haas driver can be conducting a take a look at later this month.
“We’re going to check with Romain at Gateway on 27 July, as a result of now we have each intention of doing the race there subsequent month,” mentioned Coyne.
“It’s going to be a great take a look at there, as a result of there’ll be fairly a couple of vehicles there, so we’ll have an opportunity for him to run alone after which as he will get extra assured we will put him in site visitors so he will get to be taught what soiled air is absolutely all about.
Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Picture by: Artwork Fleischmann
“It’s additionally a great take a look at as a result of it’s a day-and-night take a look at – runs from mid-afternoon to 11 o’clock at night time – so it can additionally give him a great expertise of how a observe evolves, the totally different downforce ranges he’ll really feel in sizzling situations and night time situations.
“Yeah, it needs to be a extremely good expertise for a rookie.”
Concerning the way forward for Grosjean with the DCR workforce, for whom he took pole and completed second in Might’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Coyne mentioned issues had been undecided past this season.
“A lot of individuals have spoken to Romain, however nothing’s selected anyone’s half,” he admitted.
“He’s carried out very properly this 12 months – very well – so it’s not a shock that he’s attracting consideration, proper? Similar as different promising guys we’ve run previously. So… you realize, you count on that.
“However there’s no yet one more occupied with him than we’re. He’s completed an amazing job for us – tremendous character, very nice man who’s simply cherished IndyCar from just about the second he arrived.”