Seven years from his team’s last NTT IndyCar Series championship and four years from his last journey to victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michael Andretti has placed his hopes in a revamped squad to bring his team back to the title. conflicting game.
Andretti Autosport has been run by Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi and outgoing team veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay in recent years, and with the addition of Romain Grosjean to the mix in the former car of Hunter-Reay, the owner of the team hopes that the evolution of the roster will lead to a climb that challenges Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Arrow McLaren SP for IndyCar supremacy.
“Romain brings a lot of experience, which I think is a good thing, and maybe he will bring some new ideas,” Andretti told RACER. “I think he’s going to be a championship contender. And you know, I think it’s going to fit in perfectly; his personality is really good and he’s such a nice guy. I know everyone is going to get along really well, which is important. He brings a lot to the party.
Andretti looks forward to the 10 years of knowledge in Formula 1 – mainly procedural and technical – that Grosjean can inject into the Honda-powered program. And then there is the inevitable toll that will come when the Frenchman of Swiss origin enters the track with Herta and Rossi.
Apart from their dedication to Andretti Autosport, Herta and Rossi, and Grosjean want to be the fastest and most successful drivers on the team, and this is where they will be tested once the 2022 season kicks off.
From the owner’s perspective, all he wants is for Andretti Autosport to be No.1 in the series. From the point of view of its three devilishly fast and very aggressive drivers, the status of No. 1 within this team is to be gained with the arrival of Grosjean. The internal battle should be a fascinating storyline to follow as the trio pursue next year’s championship.
“Well I think the point is for them all to push each other,” Andretti said. “Romain even makes the comment that he can’t wait to work with Colton and Alex and help each other. So I think I think it’s going to be good that way. I think they will all help each other. They better help each other!