Though he completed solely 14th, partly because of the unlucky timing of a yellow flag and a method change, Grosjean saved the #51 Dale Coyne Racing automotive off the SAFER obstacles on the 1.25-mile World Large Know-how Raceway.
This was regardless of a few moments the place he drifted into the marbles and misplaced velocity as he cleaned off his tires.
He pulled off a number of memorable passes on the within and outdoors of rivals, climbing from his already spectacular 14th spot on the grid [he qualified 15th but Alex Palou suffered a grid penalty] to run a official ninth.
“We tried a method that didn’t fairly go our method, so the tip end result isn’t nearly as good as our race, however we had a quick automotive, we realized so much,” Grosjean mentioned.
“I made a few errors on chilly tires and acquired into the marbles, however I used to be in a position to reserve it and I managed to make some good passes.
“I’m proud of this primary oval race, I’m a bit of dizzy proper now however tomorrow ought to be higher.”
Now Boisson has advised Autosport that his driver’s on-track progress, together with the way in which he labored his in-cockpit instruments to finesse the automotive’s dealing with has satisfied him that Grosjean may tackle the Indianapolis 500, Texas Motor Speedway and the returning Iowa Speedway occasion subsequent yr.
Romain Grosjean, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
Picture by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images
Requested if he would really feel assured about tackling all of the oval tracks with Grosjean subsequent yr, Boisson responded, “Oh positively, yeah.
“You by no means know if a man from Europe goes to have it for the ovals or not. Santino [Ferrucci] was a great shock for us as a result of the ovals appear to return naturally to him.
“Romain is a bit of like that. Once you noticed the passes he did inside and outdoors, and the way he acquired stronger on the restarts, and was actually going for it and having a great time, yeah, I’m positively not anxious about him racing any ovals.
“There’s no query he can do it.”
Boisson mentioned he suspected Grosjean can be robust on ovals, based mostly on his left-turn-only initiation on the 11-car Gateway check he ran on the finish of July, however his progress nonetheless stunned him.
“He didn’t take lengthy to get comfy on the oval, so he’s positively a fast learner,” added Boisson, who reckons Grosjean may have cracked the highest 9 with a greater technique.
“There’s little doubt about that. However racing an oval is kind of totally different so there was a bit of little bit of apprehension on his aspect and our aspect earlier than this weekend.
“I didn’t know he was going to be so comfy so quickly into the race and can be assured sufficient to make all these passes on individuals: that was spectacular.”