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Inaugural Music City Grand Prix – Qualifying Report

Photo by Chris Owens. IMS Photo
Nashville, TN (August 7, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean made another trip to the Firestone Fast 6 on Saturday during qualifying for the Music City Grand Prix and guaranteed himself a fifth place on the starting grid for Sunday’s inaugural event. Cody Ware in the team’s sister #52 Nurtec ODT entry will be starting 27th.

Both Nurtec ODT drivers went out in the second group during Round 1 of qualifying on the 2.15-mile 11-turn street course. While Grosjean made it to the Fast 12 round with the sixth fastest lap in his group, Ware was 14th fastest in the group as he continues to progress with every session.

In Round 2 of qualifying, Grosjean continued to improve his lap times, registering a fastest lap of 1:15.01. The time initially placed him first, but he would find himself in seventh once the checkered flag fell on the session. However, Josef Newgarden’s sixth place lap at the time was disallowed following his contact with the wall in the final minute and Grosjean was able to move on to the Fast 6.

It marked the second time this season that the Swiss-born Frenchman has made it to the Firestone Fast 6 and his fourth time qualifying in the top 5 (Detroit Doubleheader didn’t feature a fast 6). He put in a fastest lap of 1:15.40 on his third and final lap of the six minute session which placed him sixth on the results sheet but fifth on the starting grid to due to a grid penalty to another competitor.

Romain Grosjean – #51 Nurtec ODT Honda
“Another Fast 6 today, which is great for us. We’ve been pushing hard in qualifying, and it paid off today. Yesterday the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda was awesome, but today the track changed a bit and we couldn’t quite get it as we want it. The good thing is that we have time to make some more changes before warm up and to get it ready for the race.”

Cody Ware – #52 Nurtec ODT Honda
“We made big strides today. The Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team did a mega job helping me get comfortable and up to speed in the Nurtec ODT Honda around the Music City Grand Prix. I keep learning every day and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

The inaugural Music City Grand Prix is scheduled to go green on Sunday, August 8 at 4:45pm local time and will be broadcast on NBCSN from 5:30pm ET. Drivers will also get a 30-minute warm up from Noon local time.

Rookie Grosjean Completes First Oval Test, Ready for World Wide Technology Raceway Debut Next Month

Plainfield, IL (July 28, 2021) –Romain Grosjean felt like a real rookie as he turned his much anticipated first laps on an oval yesterday during a team test at World Wide Technology Raceway. With his rookie test now in the books the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver is ready to take part in his first oval race, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, on August 21, 2021.

Romain Grosjean on track at World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda (Photo Courtesy of Dale Coyne Racing)

The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) Honda turned a productive 166 laps (the third most laps of the day) around the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval which features varying degrees of banking in each corner. 

While there was a lot for him to learn throughout the day, Grosjean had a successful test. His fastest lap time of 25.3625 seconds was less than half of a second behind the best lap of the day and quicker than oval veterans Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Carpenter. 

“Today was pretty good. It was my first time on an oval and it’s very, very different from everything I’ve done before. So, obviously, there’s a lot for me to learn on ovals, from the feel of the car, to how to go fast to the feeling of knowing what I need in the car. I want to say that everyone that thinks driving on an oval is easy, is getting it completely wrong! It’s actually very tough, and special, but I had a lot of fun,” shared Grosjean.

“We went through the day and gathered a lot of information. In that aspect it was super positive. We worked well and we learned that we could extract more performance from the car which is great. At the end of the day, on the last, long run the car felt very nice and I was happy with it. I think that was key for us today, getting some key data, getting me comfortable in the car and being able to attack on a long run. Now we can put it all together when we come back in a few weeks for my first oval race. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Romain Grosjean on track at World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda (Photo Courtesy of Dale Coyne Racing)

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway takes place on August 21. 2021 with practice, qualifying and the race all on the same day.

Grosjean Excited for Mid-Ohio Roller Coaster

Plainfield, IL (July 1, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean is looking to pick up where he left off two weekends ago as he enters this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda drove hard from start to finish at the last NTT INDYCAR SERIES round at Road America, passing cars left and right as he made his way to a top five finish.

In preparation for Mid-Ohio, Grosjean was able to discover the elevation changes, high-speed corners, flowing corners and tight corners of the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course last week during a one-day test.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend. We had a good testing session at Mid-Ohio last week, which was great. It allowed me to discover the track. It really feels like a roller coaster! I had a lot of fun. The weather is not amazing yet, but I think it will get better for the weekend,” said Grosjean. “I’m excited for this fourth of July weekend and hopefully we can keep things going after our performance in the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda a couple of weekends ago.”

In his six starts so far this season, Grosjean has a best finish of second and a pole, both claimed at the GMR Grand Prix in May. Overall, he’s also started in the top seven in five events and has two top-five and three top ten finishes.

As announced last week, Indy Lights Graduate Ryan Norman will be making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut as Grosjean’s Dale Coyne Racing with RWR teammate this weekend aboard the #52 KOINU INO / EVO entry.

Both drivers will get a Friday afternoon practice session, from 2:30pm to 3:15pm Eastern time with Practice 2 going green on Saturday, July 3 at 9:05am ET. Qualifying for Round 10 of the 2021 season will start later that day at Noon ET and will be followed by final practice later in the day at 3:30pm.

All practice sessions and qualifying will be streamed live on Peacock with qualifying also broadcast on a tape delay on NBCSN.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will go green Sunday, July 4 at 12:05pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBC starting at Noon ET.

Ryan Norman Set for NTT INDYCAR SERIES Debut at Mid-Ohio

Plainfield, IL (June 24, 2021) – Indy Lights Series graduate and Cleveland, Ohio native, Ryan Norman will be making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut next weekend at the Honda Indy 200 aboard the No. 52 Koinu Inu / EVO entry of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Norman, who will be representing partners Koinu Inu, EVO and Three Chord Bourbon on his No. 52 Honda, had the opportunity earlier this week to test with the team at his home track alongside Romain Grosjean ahead of his first official appearance as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver next week.

“My goal throughout my whole racing career has been to become an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver,” said Norman. “So many years of hard work and sacrifices have finally paid off and I want to thank Dale Coyne for giving me a shot to show what I can do in the series. It’s an honor to be able to drive for DCR. They have shown over the years that they have created a great competitive program and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together. I’m more prepared than ever before to show that I belong in IndyCar and can fight for podiums and wins. It’s time to get to work!”

The 23-year-old driver started his racing career on two wheels in his native Cleveland, Ohio and was a successful motocross racer. He transitioned to cars in 2015 and found immediate success, winning in multiple classes and winning the SCCA Formula Atlantic Championship.

Norman then moved to the competitive Indy Lights Series in 2017 where he drove for Andretti Autosport and scored podiums and victories over three seasons finishing fourth in the Championship. 

Recently, he joined Bryan Herta Autosport in 2020 to compete full-time in the #33 Hyundai Veloster N TCR and won the drivers’ championship alongside co-driver Gabby Chaves. For 2021, Norman joined Parker Chase in the #98 Elantra N TCR.

The former Indy Lights driver will get a first chance to measure himself to the rest of the field on Friday, July 2 from 2:30pm ET during the first practice session. The Honda Indy 200 goes green on Sunday, July 4 at 12:05pm ET and will be broadcast live on NBC.

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Road America Post Race Report

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

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 20, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean drove hard from the green to the checkered flag to pick up a top five finish at the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR at Road America on Sunday while his teammate Cody Ware in the sister #52 Nurtec ODT entry held his own and went on to finish his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race in 19th on the lead lap.

Grosjean, who started seventh, immediately jumped to sixth at the start of the 55-lap race and maintained his position until his first pit stop on Lap 11. By the time a full course caution came out on Lap 16, Grosjean was back up to seventh following his stop while Ware was running 23rd.

The race resumed on Lap 19 and Grosjean took advantage of the restart to move into fifth place where he remained until his second stop under caution on Lap 24. Ware also took advantage of the caution period to pit from his 20th place in the field.

With the green flag back out on Lap 26, Grosjean once again picked up some positions at the restart and took over 11th. A couple laps later, Grosjean had made his way back into the top 10 and was running 8th by the time another caution came out on Lap 35. 

While Grosjean was making his way back up, Ware was also gaining positions, climbing to 19th on Lap 34, and was running 14th by the time he made his final pit stop on Lap 40. Grosjean then made his way to pit lane on Lap 41 from fourth. 

Following their stops, Grosjean was running 13th with Ware 22nd. However, they had moved up to sixth and 20th respectively when a final caution period came out on Lap 52.

Both drivers then gained one final spot on the restart with Grosjean moving into fifth and Ware into 19th.

Romain Grosjean – Finished 5th
“Top five at Road America, what a day, what a race. We had some pretty cool battles out there. It was a wild race, but we made some really good setup changes from the warmup to the race and the Nurtec ODT car felt good. I managed the tire degradation fairly well. I’m really pleased with the work of the team so hopefully we’ll have more fun racing at Mid-Ohio in a couple weeks.”.

Cody Ware – Finished 19th
“What an awesome debut here at Road America, coming home P19. I raced hard all the way to the checkered flag and got to learn around some great people. I raced hard and learned a lot trying to figure these cars out. I couldn’t ask for a better day. Thank you to Nurtec ODT, Dale Coyne Racing, Rick Ware Racing and everyone that made the day possible. I’m super glad to be here.”

Next up for the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team will be the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in two weeks.

Grosjean – Road America Qualifying

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 19, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean made it into the Fast 12 for the fifth time this season during qualifying for tomorrow’s REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR and placed himself seventh on the starting grid, missing out on the Firestone Fast 6 by half a tenth of a second. His teammate Cody Ware in the sister #52 Nurtec ODT entry qualified 25th for his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut, posting a lap time that was faster than his NASCAR rival Jimmie Johnson’s.

Romain Grosjean – Starting 7th
– Placed fifth in Round 1/Group 1
“P7 in qualifying at Road America, it’s not bad but obviously we were hoping for more. We’ve been struggling to find the right balance on the car. The track has been changing quite a bit from the testing we did two weeks ago. We have the warmup next and I think our long run pace will be very different than our one lap pace so we’re going to work on that and hopefully have a good race tomorrow.”

Cody Ware – Starting 25th
“Qualifying went pretty well for us, I was really happy. We made a few changes this morning for free practice 2 which didn’t really go to our advantage but  Don Bricker (engineer) and my whole team did a great job dialing the car back to where it needed to be and we found some speed for qualifying and it really paid off. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

The REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR is scheduled to go green at 11:45am local time and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from 11:00am local time (Noon eastern).

Cody Ware to Make NTT INDYCAR SERIES Debut at Road America

#52: Cody Ware, Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda, portrait

Plainfield, IL (June 15, 2021) – NASCAR driver Cody Ware will be making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend at Road America with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR aboard the team’s No. 52 Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) entry.

Ware, who drives full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series for Rick Ware Racing (RWR), got his first taste of an Indy car earlier this year during a test day with the team at Sebring International Raceway. He also turned his first laps at Road America two weeks ago as part of a rookie test day.

“To be a part of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is such an honor, and a surreal experience for me. I never would’ve thought that I would ever go down the open wheel route for a multitude of reasons,” expressed Ware. “But thanks to RWR, Dale Coyne Racing, and Biohaven / Nurtec ODT I am getting an opportunity to compete at the highest level of open wheel motorsport in the US. Road America is an ideal place to make my debut and I am so excited to learn and soak it all in. Having two great teammates such as Romain Grosjean and Ed Jones will help take some of the edge off the learning curve if only a little.”

In addition to his time in the NASCAR Cup and the Xfinity Series this season, Ware finished fourth in the LMP2 Class at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year. The 25-year-old driver has a diverse racing pedigree, taking home rookie of the year honors in the 2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series and claiming the 2019/2020 LMP2 Asian Le Mans Championship.

“What started as a 3-4 race sponsorship to roll out a marketing program for BioHaven and Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, turned into a full-season sponsorship commitment with the No. 51 Honda,” shared Rick Ware, Owner of Rick Ware Racing and co-entrant, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. “Thanks to their continued partnership, we’re excited to add a few races for the No. 52 entry, starting with Road America this weekend.”

Cody Ware will take to the track on Friday, June 18 for his first official NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice session. The REV Group Grand Prix goes green at 11:45am local time on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Weekend of Highs and Lows for Grosjean in Detroit

#51: Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Detroit, MI (June 13, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean had the pace to run at the front as he displayed in qualifying, but nothing went his way in Race 2 on Sunday in Detroit with his day ending in flames due to a brake fire with 12 laps to go. 

Once again, Grosjean put in another strong qualifying performance earlier in the day by placing his #51 Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) car fifth on the starting grid. The Frenchman was actually on his was to another third place on the grid when a red flag came out in the final moments of the Fast 12 session. 

With a fast car under him, the Swiss-born Frenchman was looking forward to a good race, but he was unable to maintain his position at the start as he ended up caught in between two cars, making contact with both of them. 

Fortunately for Grosjean, there was no damage to the car, and he was able to continue and take advantage of an early caution period on Lap 2 to head to pit lane for a set of Firestone primary tires. From there, he started fighting his way back.

However, that wasn’t the end of the misfortunes for the driver the of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda as he was penalized with a drive thru for avoidable contact on Lap 30 which sent him to the back of the field.

Unfortunately for Grosjean, he was unable to make it any higher than 18th from that point on despite registering lap times as quick as the leaders.

With nothing going their way, Grosjean’s race then came to an end with 12 laps remaining as he was forced to stop on track due to a brake fire.

“It was a pretty eventful weekend in Detroit,” said Grosjean. “I think we had two mega qualifying results with a third yesterday and fifth today. But I got sandwiched at the race start and I lost a fair bit of positions. Then we tried to come into the race, but I picked up a drive thru penalty and we tried to come back from there. Eventually we had a brake fire, and I had to extinguish a fire, but we’re all good here! I think the positive of the day is that we improved the #51 Nurtec ODT car a lot from yesterday and we can now look forward to Road America.”

Grosjean will be back in action next weekend, June 18 – 20, 2021 for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America.

Grosjean: Race 1 at Detroit Grand Prix

#51: Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Detroit, MI (June 12, 2021) – It was a tough and unlucky day for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean in Race 1 of the doubleheader at the Detroit Grand Prix with his race coming to an end six laps early. 

Despite once again putting in a great qualifying performance by placing third on the starting grid, Grosjean wasn’t as fortunate in the 70-lap event. While the Swiss-born Frenchman stayed with the lead group in the opening laps, even taking the lead on Lap 5, he fell to 19th after exiting pit lane on Lap 6, opting for an early stop to switch to the primary Firestone tires. 

Grosjean was still running 19th when a full course caution for an incident in Turn 6 came out on Lap 23 and he was 17th when a Red Flag put a temporary stop to the race on Lap 27. With the Series needing to make repairs to the wall in Turn 6, the race was stopped for over 75 minutes.

Once the race resumed, the leaders made their first stop which meant Grosjean was able to move up the field into eighth place. However, luck wasn’t on his side and he had to return to pit lane on Lap 35 with a puncture following contact with Pagenaud.

The unscheduled stop sent him to the back of the field into 21st place. While Grosjean was able to make his way back into ninth place by the time he entered pit lane for his final stop, he ended up making contact with the Turn 9 wall five laps later, putting an early end to his race. 

“We had a very good qualifying for Race 1 in Detroit, third on the grid, not knowing the track, was pretty amazing,” shared Grosjean. “Then for the race, we struggled a bit more with the balance. But we were hanging in there at the restart following the red flag and we were looking good. I made an attacking move on Simon Pagenaud but sadly we touched, and it caused a puncture. After that, I was running at the back and I was trying to find some pace for tomorrow, but I was a bit optimistic, and I ended up in the wall. Overall, our qualifying was good but for the race we still need to improve the car to be better tomorrow.”

Grosjean is hoping to bounce back tomorrow, Sunday, June 13, in Race 2 which will go green at 12:50pm. Qualifying for the 70-lap event will take place earlier that morning at 9:00am ET.

Grosjean Carrying Momentum to Detroit Doubleheader

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

Detroit, MI (June 11, 2021) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean may have been out of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda for a few weeks now, but he’s still carrying momentum from his memorable weekend at the GMR Grand Prix last month into this week’s Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader event.

Grosjean is coming off the best NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend of his career after claiming pole position and a second place in what was only his third series start.

Once again, this season, the Swiss-born Frenchman will be discovering a new track as he takes on the challenging 2.35-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit on Detroit’s Belle Isle.

“The Detroit Grand Prix will be a brand-new track for me, so there will be a lot to learn again,” said Grosjean. “I’ve done a few laps on my bike and it seems like a super cool, flowing circuit so I’m looking forward to discovering it aboard my #51 Nurtec ODT Honda. It will obviously be a big challenge with the bumpiness of it from what I heard from the other drivers, but I can’t wait to get on track and see for myself.”

Grosjean will get a 75-minute practice session on Friday, June 11 at 5pm ET to familiarize himself with the track. Qualifying for Race 1 will then take place Saturday, June 12 at 11am ET with the race going green at 2:05pm ET.

Race 2 will go green at 12:50pm on Sunday, June 13 with qualifying for the 70-lap event taking place at earlier that morning at 9:15am ET.

Both races will be broadcast live on NBC with practice and qualifying being streamed live on Peacock. Qualifying will also be broadcast live on NBCSN.

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