The former Formula 1 driver agreed on a multi-year deal with Andretti Autosport to race IndyCar 2022 season with the No. 28 car.
In a press conference held on Friday afternoon at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Andretti Autosport, alongside longtime partner DHL and French driver Romain Grosjean announced the latter will join the team full-time next season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Romain to the Andretti Autosport family”, said Michael Andretti, CEO, and chairman of Andretti Autosport.
“He already had an impressive resume before coming to INDYCAR, and watching what he’s been able to do in his rookie season here has been exciting, to say the least.”
Grosjean made his debut in the American open-wheel racing series NTT INDYCAR this season with Dale Coyne Racing.
As a rookie to the series, his performance has impressed the field; the 35-year-old landed pole position at the GMR Grand Prix in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - only his third race in IndyCar - outqualifying two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden.
In addition, he’s captured three podiums and four top-five finishes, being in contention for the Rookie of the Year award.
“I’m delighted to be joining Andretti Autosport and driving the No. 28 DHL Honda for next season,” said Grosjean.
“It’s a big honor to be joining such a great team as Andretti, anyone in the motorsport world knows the name, Andretti. I’m super happy and proud to be racing with the team.”
He further commented: “I’m also very proud to be representing with DHL. I’m hoping that we are going to be very successful together, which is our aim on every side.
“I would like also to thank Dale Coyne Racing for giving me the opportunity to join INDYCAR. I’ve enjoyed the racing so much, and it’s given me the chance today to be racing with one of the most competitive and best teams in the world.”
FROM FORMULA 1 TO INDYCAR
He replaced Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr., making his debut in the pinnacle of motorsport at the European Grand Prix, held in Valencia; he would go on to compete in the final seven rounds of that season.
However, it wasn’t until 2012 when he launched a full-time race seat to contest the entire season with Lotus F1 Team, partnering 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.
In 2016, he switched to Haas F1, concluding his career in the series (2020) with the team.
THE ACCIDENT IN BAHRAIN
During Sunday’s race opening lap at the Bahrain GP - the penultimate round of the 2020 Formula One season - Grosjean suffered a terrifying accident, which registered a peak force equivalent to 67g.
His car crashed into the barriers at 192 km/h (119 mph) following contact between his right rear wheel and the left front wheel of Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat car, bursting into flames.
Twenty-seven seconds later, Grosjean was able to free himself from the car, emerging from the fire by his means, having sustained no life-threatening injuries.
He was discharged from the hospital three days later to continue treatment on the burns suffered to the backsides of both hands.
Six months later, the IndyCar rookie was collecting his maiden pole position in the American series.
During the nine seasons he raced in Formula One, the Frenchman recorded ten podium finishes, twice finishing a career-best second, having entered 180 Grand Prix, scoring 389 points.