Ex-F1 star Romain Grosjean, who last year suffered a horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, will make his oval debut at the World Wide Technology Raceway when the IndyCar series visits St.Louis Missouri.
Grosjean was initially supposed to contest a partial IndyCar campaign with his schedule limited to road course events. However, given the Frenchman's rapid progress he has now decided that he will take part in an additional event at the World Wide Technology Raceway, an oval, in an interview with the Associated Press.
Grosjean also discussed what it was like claiming his first podium in America, a moment he describes as something he will never forget.
"I’ve been on the podium in Formula One but I had never seen so much energy and love coming from the grandstands," Grosjean said in the same interview with the Associated Press.
"Even my wife, she cried watching at home. She said, ‘Everything you have been doing the last six months, people I guess realize and love that.’ It’s a hell of a journey and it’s a beautiful journey."
The Frenchman was also ecstatic about his decision to swap Europe for America and the fact that after several years of running at the tail end is back to fighting at the front of the grid.
"When you are passionate about something and it is like a fire, and maybe that fire has been shaken down through the last few years, but when you get a pole and you are leading a race again, it’s like, ‘Hell yeah,’" Grosjean said.
“It’s hard to do, but when you do it you want to do it again."