Throughout the 25th anniversary occasion of two-time collection champion Zanardi’s well-known ‘the go’ transfer on Bryan Herta on the Corkscrew in 1996, Grosjean paid homage to the nice Italian by overtaking a lot of vehicles on the signature nook of the Laguna Seca monitor – together with six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
Grosjean, whose future IndyCar plans should be revealed in the coming days, charged from thirteenth on the grid to attain his third podium finish of the season in third place – passing 27 vehicles in complete through the 95-lap race.
“I had numerous passes on the Corkscrew, which was good,” mentioned Grosjean. “Felt a bit like Zanardi, which isn’t a foul factor.”
Probably the most dramatic second of his race got here when he collided with seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on the Corkscrew within the closing laps of the race, each admitting they had been lucky to proceed as Grosjean’s automotive briefly went airborne.
“I am sorry we made contact with Jimmie,” mentioned Grosjean. “I used to be positively getting in! I feel Jimmie most likely did not see me. He was pushing laborious to guard [second-placed team-mate] Alex [Palou] from me, which is the sport. So we made a little bit of contact.”
Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Photograph by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images
Johnson’s most important concern was that he would possibly obtain a penalty for the conflict, regardless of being on the receiving finish of it as he was punted throughout the center apex of the nook and missed the transponder on the nook. However Johnson continued to complete 17th of the 27-car discipline, which is his finest end result within the collection to this point and had earlier pulled off his personal spectacular go on the Corkscrew on James Hinchcliffe.
“I assumed our day was over,” admitted Johnson of the collision with Grosjean. “I couldn’t imagine he threw it in that late on me. Fortunately we each saved it!
“I assumed I’d misplaced my wrist too, because the [steering] wheel went whipping round. I used to be fearful a couple of penalty, however as an alternative we bought a career-best end.”