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Grosjean Completes Successful Rookie Season in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA (September 26, 2021) – After a successful rookie season which included four top fives, six top tens, three podium finishes and 53 laps led, Romain Grosjean’s final race of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season didn’t end as planned after making contact with the wall on Lap 57, sending him to the back of the field and into 24th place.

The race started out well for the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver. Sitting sixth on the grid, Grosjean moved into fifth place on the opening lap and took over fourth on Lap 7. The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda continued in fourth for the majority of his first stint but was running second when he entered pit lane for his first stop during a full course caution on Lap 21.

With cars on multiple different strategies, Grosjean found himself in 10th during the Lap 31 restart. The Swiss born Frenchman then climbed to eighth on Lap 34 before taking over seventh on Lap 44 with a pass on Alexander Rossi.

Grosjean next entered pit lane on Lap 55 for his second stop of the 85-lap race. However, a couple of laps after exiting pit lane he made contact with the wall damaging the rear suspension. While the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR crew did a great job to repair the car, the damage was done and Grosjean would have to settle with 24th place.

“My first season in IndyCar is finished. I’m pretty happy with everything we’ve achieved. Getting three podiums has been amazing. The last race in Long Beach didn’t come our way but we’ve learned so much. I’ve had an incredible time with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity to drive the #51 Nurtec ODT. Now I’m looking forward to the future,” expressed Grosjean following his final race with the team.

In addition to his three podium finishes, Grosjean ends the season with one pole and eight top seven starts in 12 races. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings behind Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin.

“The entire team and myself are very proud to give Romain a rejuvenated youth in racing. He’s come here and proven that he is still very competitive and one of the best drivers in the world. We wish him well with his move to Andretti next year. I’d also like to congratulate Alex Palou, who ran for us last year, on winning the championship this year, showing his true ability,” shared Team Owner Dale Coyne.

Grosjean Charges to Podium Finish at Laguna Seca

#51: Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda, podium

Laguna Seca, CA (September 19, 2021) –Romain Grosjean charged through the field aboard his #51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Nurtec ODT Honda on Sunday moving up 10 spots to claim his third NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium with a third-place finish, making 27 passes along the way, 15 of which were for position.

Grosjean, who started 13th, immediately gained three positions when the green flag fell on the 95-lap race and climbed to ninth on the second lap. Not long after a Lap 5 restart, he moved up to eighth and then made his way to first by the time he pitted on Lap 20. 

Following his stop, Grosjean fell to 13th, but it wouldn’t be long before he made his way back into the top 10. He then got as high as third before making his second pit stop for another fresh set of primary Firestone tires and fuel on Lap 46.

The Swiss-born Frenchman returned to the track in ninth position and once again started passing cars as he climbed his way back to first on Lap 69. Grosjean made his final trip down pit lane with 22 laps to go.

Exiting pit lane in seventh, he gained a position nearly every lap and took over third place with six laps remaining, just over nine seconds behind the second place of Alex Palou and just over 12 seconds from leader Colton Herta.

Grosjean once again charged through lapped cars cutting the gap to Palou to 1.73 seconds at the checkered and 3.71 seconds to the leader.

“What a race! I’m really happy with third today after where we started. I was trying to make my way through the field, and I pushed really hard. Our Nurtec ODT car was fast, the team once again gave me a really good car. I think you need to be confident in what you can do in the car. I made some good passes. I had a couple of close moments, but it all worked out in the end. The race was fun. Turn one is a good place to overtake, the corkscrew is another good place to do so. Now it’s easy to say, but I wish we would have pitted five laps earlier because the tires were still very good at the end,” shared Grosjean.

With today’s result, Grosjean closed the gap in the Rookie of the Year standings to 20 points with one race to go.

The Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team is now heading to Long Beach for the season finale on September 26, 2021.

Qualifying Report: Grosjean at Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca, CA (September 18, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean was once again quick during qualifying on Saturday for tomorrow’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey but traffic on his fast lap cost him a place in the Fast 12 meaning Grosjean had to settle with 13th on the starting grid of a very competitive NTT INDYCAR SERIES field.

Grosjean went out in Group 1 of qualifying and spent the first half of the session sitting in first place. However, after coming in for a fresh set of red Firestone tires, the Swiss-born Frenchman fell to fourth in his group before then registering the seventh fastest lap of the session. His time of 1:11.5303 around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course was only 0.0027 seconds from making it to the next round. 

“Our Nurtec ODT car was very quick again today in qualifying but unfortunately I got caught up behind another car on my fast lap and that cost us some time. The time lost meant that we were not able to make it into the Fast 12. Starting in the middle of the field isn’t ideal, but we will fight our way back up the tomorrow,” shared Grosjean.

The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda sits second, 38 points behind Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, in the Rookie of the Year standings.

The penultimate round of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be broadcast live on NBC from Noon local time (3pm ET) on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Early Contact Hinders a Fast Grosjean in Portland

Portland, OR (September 12, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean was the fastest car on track during Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland but, unfortunately, he was unable to turn it into a top result after contact at the start of the race sent him to the back of the field and multiple laps down. Despite the setback, Grosjean was able to salvage a 22nd place finish all while registering the fastest race lap.

The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) Honda suffered damage at the start of the race following contact with another competitor going into Turn 1. While the team did a great job repairing the damage to the left front suspension, Grosjean returned to the track on Lap 17, but he had lost 15 laps to the leaders in the process.

From that point on, Grosjean used the remainder of the race to gain experience around the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course and he was continuously one of the fastest cars on track, registering the fastest race lap on his 83rd orbit of the circuit with a lap time of 59.4381 seconds, half a second quicker than anyone else.

“Portland was definitely not the weekend that we were hoping for,” shared Grosjean after the race. “Qualifying was not easy and I made a mistake going into Turn 1 at the start. I’m sorry to everyone that was involved. The Dale Coyne Racing with RWR crew did an amazing job fixing our Nurtec ODT car and we went out there and had the fastest lap of the race. It’s too bad because we had really good pace, but we lost too much time at the beginning. Hopefully we do better next week at Laguna Seca.”

With today’s result Grosjean continues to sit second, but 38 points behind, in the Rookie of the Year standings. The Swiss-born Frenchman and the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR crew will have a chance to cut into that gap when they return to action next weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the penultimate round of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Portland Qualifying: Grosjean

Portland, OR (September 11, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean had the speed during Saturday’s qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portland but a qualifying penalty for interference sent him down the time charts and 21st on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

Grosjean went out in Group 1 of qualifying and maintained a position in the top six throughout most of the session but after getting caught in some traffic and while trying to build a gap from the other cars ahead of him it was judged he had impeded the lap of another competitor.

Prior to the penalty, Grosjean was sitting in seventh place with a lap of 59.22 seconds, a mere 0.0089 seconds behind the sixth place cut off which would have allowed him to move on to the second round. The penalty took away his two fastest laps which meant he had to settle for 11th in his group.

In 10 starts this season, Grosjean has three top five and five top ten finishes and has led 49 laps. He has one pole position and has started in the top seven in seven events.

The Grand Prix of Portland will be broadcast live on NBC from Noon local time (3pm ET) on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Grosjean Oval Debut – Race Report

#51: Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda

Madison, IL (August 21, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean impressed in his oval debut on Saturday night at World Wide Technology Raceway. The rookie gained a ton of experience and put on quite the show as he made it all to way to eighth before taking the checkered flag in 14th, a result that was no way indicative of his on-track performance.

Grosjean, who was starting 14th, didn’t get a chance to get into a rhythm early on as the first part of the race was marred by caution periods. It wasn’t until a Lap 77 restart, that things truly got under way. 

The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT was sitting 14th at the restart. On lap 84 he got by oval veteran Tony Kanaan for 13th, then he made his way around Dalton Kellett one lap later to take over 12th. Three laps later he got by Conor Daly for 11th and then moved into the top 10 on Lap 90 after passing Jack Harvey. 

That wasn’t it for Grosjean as he gained one more spot to move into ninth after getting the better of fellow rookie Scott McLaughlin.

The Swiss-born Frenchman then took over eighth place when a car ahead of him headed to pit lane. He remained in that position until his second pit stop on Lap 124.

With track conditions changing, passing became more difficult as the race went on, and with an unlucky yellow flag following his third stop on Lap 183, Grosjean fell to 14th, where he would eventually cross the finish line.

“I finished my first oval race. It was a very, very good experience. We tried a strategy that didn’t quite go our way, so the end result isn’t as good as our race, but we had a fast car, we learned a lot. I made a couple of mistakes on cold tires and got into the marbles, but I was able to save it and I managed to make some good passes. I’m happy with this first oval race, I’m a little dizzy right now but tomorrow should be better,” said Grosjean. 

In ten starts this season, Grosjean has three top five and five top ten finishes and has led 49 laps. He has one pole position and has started in the top seven in seven events.

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR will be back on track in three weeks, September 11 – 12, 2021 for the Grand Prix of Portland. The first of three back-to-back races that will close out the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. 

Grosjean Looking to Gain Experience in Oval Debut at World Wide Technology Raceway


Chris Owens – IMS PHOTO,2021

Plainfield, IL (August 20, 2021) – Romain Grosjean will be making his much-anticipated oval racing debut this weekend as he takes on the World Wide Technology Raceway aboard his #51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Nurtec ODT Honda for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Saturday.

Grosjean, who ruled out running on the superspeedways this season, always remained opened about racing at the 1.25-mile, egg shaped oval. His first taste of the track came in late July during his one-day rookie orientation test and it didn’t take long for him to confirm his intentions of participating in the 260-lap race, even if he said that it was very different from everything he’s ever done before.

“I’m going into my first oval race this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway so there’s obviously still a lot to learn for me this weekend. I’m really feeling like a rookie going into the race,” expressed Grosjean. “I really want to go there and gain as much experience as possible and do the best we can, obviously. The key word on Saturday will be experience, through practice, qualifying and the race and, of course, to get the maximum out of it.”

Grosjean is coming off another strong weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he picked up his second podium finish of the season. In nine starts this season, Grosjean has three top five and five top ten finishes and has led 49 laps. He has one pole position and has started in the top seven in seven events.

Despite missing the three superspeedway events earlier this season, Grosjean remains in the hunt for Rookie of the Year honors as he sits in second place in the rookie standings, only seven points behind Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin.

This weekend will also mark Grosjean’s first NTT INDYCAR SERIES one-day show with all on track activity at World Wide Technology Raceway taking place the same day. Action kicks off with a 90-minute practice session from 12:15pm local time. It will be followed by qualifying at 4:00pm local time with both practice and the qualifying being streamed live on Peacock TV.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will go green at 7:45pm local time (8:45pm ET) and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 7:00pm local time (8:00pm ET). 

Grosjean at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, IN (August 14, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean picked up his second podium finish of the season on Saturday with a second-place finish at the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Grosjean once again put in a solid drive throughout the race as he maintained his third place starting position in his two first stints. Once pit stops had cycled through following his last trip to pit lane on Lap 60, he continued to run in third. 

The first full course caution of the race came out on Lap 68 and Grosjean was able to take advantage of the restart to get by Colton Herta to take over second place on Lap 72. 

From then on, the driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda built a gap despite having no more push to pass as he tried to catch the lead car. However, another full course caution came out on Lap 77, which meant that the gap he had built now meant nothing.

Fortunately, Grosjean had another great restart and he was able to hold on to his second place at the restart with six laps remaining. 

The Swiss-born Frenchman built a small cushion in the final laps and crossed the checkered flag in second to claim his second second place finish of the season. His first podium of the season also came at IMS during the GMR Grand Prix in May.

“It’s been a cool weekend. We’ve been very competitive the last few races. We had a good car all day long. We fought at the front and I’m happy with second, but obviously we’d like to be first,” expressed Grosjean. “We ran out of push to pass early in the race. I had to use quite a bit to get around some cars that were a lap down. At the end the cars around me all had more than I did so when the restart happened, I just knew I had to go flat out and try not to make any mistakes. I knew I was quite good in the last corner, and that we were able to get a good run down the straight and we were able to get a good run into Turn 1 and that worked out really well for us.”

Cody Ware in the sister #52 Nurtec ODT entry continued to gain experience in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as he picked up two positions throughout the race to take the checkered flag in 25th position in what was his third career start.

The Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team will next be heading to World Wide Technology Raceway on August 21, where Romain Grosjean will be making his oval debut.

Grosjean and Ware at IMS: Qualifying

Second Row Start for Grosjean at IMS

Indianapolis, IN (August 13, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean once again put in an impressive performance during qualifying on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway picking up a third place starting position after missing out on pole by less than half of a tenth of a second. His teammate in the #52 Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) entry, Cody Ware, will be starting 27th for his third NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

Right from the start of qualifying for his group, Grosjean jumped up to first place on the time sheets and stayed there for most of the first-round session before falling to fifth. He then improved his time to a 1:11.20 on his sixth and final lap of the session, which allowed him to move on to the Firestone Fast 12. 

In the final qualifying round, the Swiss-born Frenchman jumped up to second on his second time around the 14-turn road course. After falling to 10th following his third lap, he jumped to the provisional pole on his penultimate time around and once again improved his time with a lap of 1:10.7418. While his time initially placed him first, he ended up missing out on pole position by 0.0271 seconds.

“Top three qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We have a pretty good record at this track with first in May and third today. We’ve done a really good job with the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda from practice to qualifying to improve the car. I think we have a good race car for tomorrow. I’m excited for the race. Hopefully we can go and pick up our first win,” shared Grosjean.

With today’s qualifying result, Grosjean now has seven top seven starts this season. 



Cody Ware went out in the first qualifying group and improved his time with every lap, finally placing himself 27th on the grid for Saturday’s race.

“I think we started the day off pretty good. Obviously having no laps at this track always puts you behind the eight ball a little bit but I feel the team overcame some adversity and we got the car to where I was comfortable,” said Ware. “Going into qualifying I felt pretty good about it even though the time did not reflect how good the car was. I’m really looking forward to an exciting day tomorrow in the 52 Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) Honda where I feel like we will have a good pace.”

The Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway goes green at 1:00pm ET on Saturday, August 14, 2021 and will broadcast live on NBCSN.

Great Pace Not Rewarded for Grosjean in Nashville

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Nashville, TN (August 8, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean had great pace during the inaugural Music City Grand Prix but unfortunately, he wasn’t rewarded with the finishing position he deserved for his effort, having to settle with 16th on the results sheet. His teammate Cody Ware in the sister #52 Nurtec ODT entry was also having a solid race with his 20th position also not reflective of his performance over the weekend.

Starting fifth, Grosjean immediately gained a position at the start as did Ware who moved into 26th. However, the race went yellow not long after the green flag and didn’t resume until Lap 10. While Grosjean maintained his position at the restart, Ware was sitting 23rd. 

Both drivers were then able to turn some green flag laps with Grosjean continuing in fourth, but another full course caution would come out on Lap 16. During that caution period Ware moved up to 16th but was then collected at the restart in a multiple car incident which damaged his front wing.

A red flag then came out as the AMR Safety Team cleared the incident. When the race resumed about 12 minutes later Ware was in 22nd place. 

Both Grosjean and Ware headed to pit lane under yellow on Lap 32 with Grosjean in 12th following his stop and Ware in 21st.

Grosjean then inherited the lead during another caution period on Lap 52 and led the field to green on Lap 54. With another yellow coming out on Lap 55, Grosjean elected to head to pit lane for what would be his final stop. In the meantime, Ware in the #52 Nurtec ODT car had made his way up to seventh before making his final stop on lap 56. 

Unfortunately for Grosjean, he then received an avoidable contact penalty as he was fighting his was back up the field. The drive-thru penalty caused him to fall to 17th.  He would end up gaining one position to take the checkered flag in 16th with Ware ending his race in 20th.

Romain Grosjean – #51 Nurtec ODT Honda
“The first Nashville race is in the books. It was a bit of an exciting and eventful one. We had the pace, and we were up there with the top guys, we led a few laps but with all the yellows you had to be lucky to win and that’s what happened today, we didn’t get lucky.  It’s a bit of a tough one to digest because we had the pace and were fighting at the front but the cautions didn’t go our way. We’ll try again next week in Indianapolis.”

Cody Ware – #52 Nurtec ODT Honda
“It was an honor to be in the inaugural event at Nashville. I had goosebumps at the start of the race. Early on we were just surviving and got caught up in someone else’s mess. Luckily, we didn’t have too much damage and only had to change the nose. We cycled up to 7th at one point which was awesome to race up front. Unfortunately, our race ended early but we will look forward to the Indy Road course next weekend.”

The team will be back in action next weekend for another round on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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