Romain Grosjean is about to run the brief oval at World Vast Know-how Raceway, higher generally known as Gateway, when IndyCar visits in August.
Grosjean is simply working the street programs with Dale Coyne Racing this 12 months, his debut IndyCar season, partially on account of security considerations on the quick ovals.
Whereas Texas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis produce very excessive speeds, Gateway is run with the excessive downforce bundle and has a mean race pace round 175 mph.
The long-time F1 driver spoke to staff house owners Dale Coyne and Rick Ware about the potential for working the upcoming race, and he now appears to have been given the inexperienced mild.
Talking with Motorsport.com, Coyne confirmed that the plan is to have Grosjean run the race at Gateway subsequent month.
“We’re going to check with Romain at Gateway on July 27, as a result of we’ve each intention of doing the race there subsequent month,” mentioned Coyne.
“It’s going to be a great check there, as a result of there’ll be fairly just a few automobiles there, so we’ll have an opportunity for him to run alone after which as he will get extra assured we will put him in visitors so he will get to study what soiled air is admittedly all about!
“It’s additionally a great check as a result of it’s a day-and-night check – runs from mid-afternoon to 11 o’clock at evening – so it should additionally give him a great expertise of how a observe evolves, the completely different downforce ranges he’ll really feel in scorching situations and evening situations.
“Yeah, it ought to be a extremely good expertise for a rookie.”
Grosjean has proved himself fairly adept at adjusting to IndyCar, having already taken his maiden pole place and steadily inserting himself within the high third of the timesheets.
The 1.25-mile oval can be fairly a unique expertise for the Frenchman, nonetheless, as he doesn’t have a historical past of racing something apart from street programs in his profession.
There might be loads of alternative so as to add races to his schedule if he decides to run extra brief ovals sooner or later, since Roger Penske recently revealed plans so as to add extra ovals to the calendar in upcoming years.
The Bommarito Auto Group 500 can be run on the night of August 21, following the upcoming races from the streets of Nashville and the Indianapolis street course.