Romain Grosjean put on a sensational drive to finish on the podium in IndyCar. The Frenchman left himself a lot of work as he started the race from P13 and put on some scintillating passes to get his third podium of the season.
One of the passes saw Grosjean overtake NASCAR champion, Jimmie Johnson, while he was on two-wheels. Romain was running in third place was coming to lap Johnson, but in his eagerness to get through he went airborne whilst passing him.
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I’m sorry we made contact with Jimmie: Romain Grosjean
In his post-race interview, the former Formula One driver apologized to Jimmie for making contact in the race. He mentioned the NASCAR champion didn’t see him coming and could not avoid the clash.
“I’m sorry we made contact with Jimmie,” said Grosjean. “I was definitely going in, I think Jimmie probably didn’t see me. He was pushing hard to protect [second-placed teammate] Alex [Palou] from me, which is the game. So we made a bit of contact.” said Grosjean.
Johnson was left surprised by Grosjean’s move and feared he might receive a penalty for the clash.
“I thought our day was over. I couldn’t believe he threw it in that late on me. Luckily, we both saved it! I thought I’d lost my wrist too, as the [steering] wheel went whipping around. I was worried about a penalty, but instead, we got a career-best finish.” said Johnson.
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Frenchman gets emotional while thanking the fans
Romain Grosjean got emotional after his drive to the podium and thanked the fans for the ovation. The former Haas driver described the importance of having fans watching and applauding him in the race.
“(The fan reception) is difficult to describe, really,” Grosjean said.
KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France speaks during a press conference as Haas F1 Team announces Grosjean as their driver for the upcoming 2016 Formula 1 season on September 29, 2015, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Stewart-Haas Racing via Getty Images)
“I mean … yeah, it’s difficult to describe. It’s just been incredible. I had a podium when I got the ovation (at the IMS road course) and I almost cried, and I don’t cry very often. It’s been more than anything I could imagine.
Without the fans, we wouldn’t be racing. Without the fans, there wouldn’t be any TV viewership. If there’s no viewership, there’s no sponsor. If there’s no sponsor, there’s no job. They are a very important part of what we do.
But what they give me back is just incredible. So, I wanted to share with them the podium.” said Grosjean.
Grosjean is in his rookie season in IndyCar and has performed really well. It is expected that he would sign with Andretti Racing for the 2022 season.
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