Romain Grosjean secures pole position in just third IndyCar race

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Romain Grosjean, driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda races during the NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 25, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida.
Romain Grosjean, driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda races during the NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 25, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida.
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Romain Grosjean has claimed his first IndyCar pole position in just his third attempt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 35-year-old left Formula One last year in the wake of a dramatic crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, in which he suffered serious burns to his hands.

It is the first time Grosjean has topped a grid since he led off the season-opening Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul in 2011.

Grosjean, who edged two-time champion Josef Newgarden by 0.126 seconds, told Indycar.com: "What a day for us – I'm happier than I have been in a very long time."


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