Shared driving expertise a key attraction of Rolex 24 for Grosjean
Romain Grosjean isn’t any stranger to sports activities automobile racing. Earlier than he made it to Method 1, he did a season within the FIA GT1 World Championship, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010. However for the Swiss-born French racer now making his residence in Miami, it was a digital 24 Hours of Le Mans that rekindled his ardour for the integral teamwork of endurance racing. And he may need been within the Rolex 24 At Daytona sooner had circumstances allowed.
“It’s undoubtedly one thing that I wished to get again into,” he explains. “Particularly after COVID, I did the 24 Hours of Le Mans digital again residence. I simply loved a lot sharing with the opposite drivers that I actually wished to do one thing. In 2021 I spotted that the racing within the U.S. was wonderful, that I used to be actually loving it. I wished to do Daytona in 2022, however I’d simply moved continents, so it was a bit sophisticated.”
Grosjean had 9 full seasons in F1, first with Lotus after which Haas. He moved over to the NTT IndyCar Sequence with Dale Coyne in 2021 earlier than switching to Andretti Autosport, for which he’ll race this season as effectively. Realizing he wished to complete his profession in sports activities vehicles — though he has no intention of quitting IndyCar any time quickly — he started in search of a connection in prototypes. Lamborghini, though it won’t have an LMDh automobile till 2024, was the right alternative, and his first outing with the Italian marque would be the Rolex 24 within the GTD PRO Iron Lynx No. 63 Huracan GT3 Evo2 alongside Andrea Caldarelli, Mirko Bortolotti and Jordan Pepper.
“Of the few choices for me, Lamborghini was undoubtedly the very best one. Simply because initially, representing the model Lamborghini, it’s very distinctive. And having the challenge with the LMDh behind goes to be fairly attention-grabbing. For now, it’s only a nice expertise to go together with the GT3 and and study the endurance racing within the U.S.,” he says.
He has quite a bit to study in a short while, having by no means raced at Daytona Worldwide Speedway and by no means pushed the Huracan GT3 — or every other GT3 automobile — till in the present day. Fortuitously for Grosjean, his teammates have a wealth of expertise with the automobile and Caldarelli and Bortolotti are two-time winners at Daytona. For the Roar Earlier than the 24 and the race itself, he’ll be relishing working with them vs. the solitary lifetime of a single-seat racer.
“You develop up by means of your profession, and it’s all about your personal uncooked velocity and making an attempt to kick everybody’s butts,” he muses. “The extra expertise you get, the much less you must show. I assume increasingly you wish to share. And I feel for me, it was nice to be for as soon as not by myself within the automobile and having guys that you already know you might be with — within the good days and dangerous days.”