Five teams from the American Indycar Single-seater Championship are on the road circuit at Barber Motorsports Park (Birmingham, Alabama) this Tuesday for private pre-season testing before the opening round on the same track on April 18 . And among these, the three teams that will each race one of the three French drivers entered in 2021: Simon Pagenaud, 2,016 champion and winner of the Indianapolis 2,019 500 miles with Penske-Chevrolet, Sébastien Bourdais (quadruple champion de Champcar in 2004, 2005, 2 006 and 2 007), moved to AJ Foyt Racing (Chevrolet engine) this year, and the “new kid”, ex-F1 driver Romain Grosjean, at the wheel of the Dallara-Honda Dale Coyne Racing, the former Bourdais team with which he will compete throughout the season, with the exception of the oval races.
This is the first time Grosjean has taken the wheel of a racing car after his terrible accident at the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix on November 29, 2020, which caused serious burns to his hands.
For this first run in his new discipline, the 34-year-old French pilot will wear a pretty helmet, with a very special meaning: he was decorated at the beginning of November by his three young children Sacha, Simon and Camille with the precious help of their mother. Marion Jollès, in anticipation of the last F1 Grand Prix in which Romain Grosjean was to line up, in Abu Dhabi … He obviously could not compete. “I’m so glad I can finally wear it, wrote Romain Grosjean on his Twitter account. It means so much more than I could have imagined. Marion, Sacha, Simon and Camille will be with me even more than ever. “