Motor racing-Grosjean to race with Andretti in 2022 IndyCar season


FILE PHOTO-Aug 14, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indy Series driver Romain Grosjean (51) during the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean will drive for IndyCar racing outfit Andretti Autosport in the 2022 season, the team announced on Friday.

Grosjean, who made his IndyCar debut last year with Dale Coyne Racing, secured one pole position and three podiums in his rookie season and will drive Andretti's DHL sponsored Honda entry next season.

"I'm delighted to be joining Andretti Autosport and driving the No. 28 DHL Honda for next season," Grosjean said in a statement.

"It's a big honour 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."

Grosjean previously spent nine seasons in Formula One with teams such as Lotus and Haas and although the 35-year-old never won an F1 race, he secured 10 podium finishes.

The Frenchman's F1 career ended in a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2020, where he suffered burns to his hands after his Haas car split in two when it penetrated a metal barrier and erupted in flames.

"We are thrilled to welcome Romain to the Andretti Autosport family," CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said.

"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."

Grosjean joins Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta in Andretti's 2022 driver lineup.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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