Grosjean confirmed at Andretti Autosport for 2022 IndyCar season

Andretti Autosport has signed Romain Grosjean for its #28 DHL-Honda entry in the 2022 and 2023 NTT IndyCar Series seasons, after an impressive rookie year with Dale Coyne/Rick Ware Racing.

Grosjean confirmed at Andretti Autosport for 2022 IndyCar season

Grosjean, 35, scored three podium finishes in his first season in America’s premier open-wheel series, and came into the series off the back of his 10-year Formula 1 career, which ended prematurely with his horrendously fiery crash in the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“We are thrilled to welcome Romain to the Andretti Autosport family,” said Michael Andretti, CEO and chairman of the team. “He already had an impressive resume before coming to IndyCar and watching what he’s been able to do in his rookie season here has been exciting to say the least.

“His vast motorsport experience will be beneficial to the team alongside our already strong 2022 driver lineup. We also couldn’t be more excited to continue our strong partnership with DHL. The DHL sponsorship is one of the longest and most successful in the paddock and we look forward to continued success on and off the track.”

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Grosjean, who raced for Renault, Lotus and Haas, during his F1 career, described joining one of IndyCar's most renowned operations as a "big honor".

The Frenchman also paid tribute to Dale Coyne for the opportunity to reignite his career in IndyCar this year.   

Grosjean added: “I’m delighted to be joining Andretti Autosport and driving the #28 DHL Honda for next season. It’s a big honor to be joining such a great team as Andretti, anyone in the motorsport world knows the name Andretti.

“I’m super happy and proud to be racing with the team. I’m also very proud to be representing with DHL. I’ve known the DHL color on racing cars for a very long time. I couldn’t be more proud to represent such a great company in IndyCar. I’m hoping that we are going to be very successful together, which is our aim on every side.

“I would like also to thank Dale Coyne Racing for giving me the opportunity to join INDYCAR. I’ve enjoyed the racing so much and it’s given me the change today to be racing with one of the most competitive and best teams in the world.”

Motorsport.com understands that it was his pole position and runner-up finish in May’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis triggered the first contact between him and team owner Michael Andretti.

Since then, the 35-year-old earned another podium on the Indianapolis road course, and made a spectacular run from 13th to third at Laguna Seca last week.

Consequently, despite missing the two Texas rounds and the double-points Indianapolis 500, Grosjean arrives at Long Beach still in with a shout at the IndyCar Rookie of the Year title, 20 points behind Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Scott McLaughlin.

After making his oval racing debut at Gateway’s 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway, it has been confirmed that Grosjean will compete in all IndyCar rounds next year, including the ovals – Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500, the returning Iowa Speedway double-header and Gateway.

His Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be held on Oct. 8.

For DHL, 2022 will mark the 12th season of partnership with Andretti Autosport – a partnership that yielded 14 wins, the 2012 IndyCar Series title and the 2014 Indianapolis 500 with Hunter-Reay at the helm.

However, the deal, last extended in the fall of 2020, will be somewhat reduced for ’22 in that DHL will be primary sponsor for 11 of the 17 races.

Olivier Boisson, Grosjean’s current race engineer at DCR, will move with his driver to Andretti Autosport.

Confirmation of Grosjean's move to Andretti comes hot on the heels of news that Britain's Callum Ilott will also contest the full IndyCar season next year with Juncos Hollinger Racing.

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