Romain Grosjean said he was happy with his debut as a Lamborghini Squadra Corse driver at the 24h of Daytona.
The 4th place obtained at the wheel of the Huracan GT3 EVO2 #63 prepared by the Iron Lynx for him, Andrea Caldarelli, Mirko Bortolotti and Jordan Pepper ended with a comeback 4th place in the GTD PRO Class.
A result that made him rediscover the world of GT after more than a decade spent on single-seaters, but which was unable to give him more due to the well-known Balance of Performance which penalized the cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese.
#63 Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2: Jordan Pepper, Romain Grosjean, Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea Caldarelli
Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
“The Lamborghini is a lot of fun to drive and I enjoyed it with my teammates at Daytona – said the Swiss – The BoP wasn’t in our favor, so we knew it would be tough. But I think we did a great job , finishing fourth and in the lead lap, despite being far apart in terms of pace. But it was fantastic.”
As known, Grosjean will continue to race in IndyCar with Andretti Autosport in 2023, but the signing with the Casa del Toro has come especially to develop the brand new LMDh arriving for 2024.
“Endurance is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I think the best thing about IndyCar and IMSA endurance racing is that there’s no concurrence, so we have the ability to do both. In fact, I can think of me doing what I want.”
“Or racing in IndyCar and sharing an experience like a 24 Hours with my new teammates and the team. This year I did Daytona, I’ll do Sebring and probably Petit Le Mans; next year the LMDh program includes these races plus the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fingers crossed I hope we have a weekend free from IndyCar.”
Romain Grosjean, Lamborghini Squadra Corse
Photo by: Lamborghini S.p.A.
Lamborghini is working with the chassis builder Ligier for the construction of the new generation prototype, which could be present in a single specimen next year, both in IMSA and in the FIA WEC.
But obviously the attention of the entire motoring world will be focused on the 24h of Le Mans, so the goal of the Swiss is to be there and have as many commitments as possible with helmet and overalls.
“At the moment IndyCar is the priority for me compared to the IMSA and WEC commitments with Lamborghini. But at Daytona I think there were about ten IndyCar drivers. I think for both series it’s great; the Le Mans weekend would be extraordinary because it’s cool.”
“I remember Mario Andretti flying across the Atlantic to do both the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500. At the time it was all over the place: Formula 3, Formula 2, Formula 1. I can’t wait to get involved in the project, we there will be many developments. When we finish the IndyCar season, the LMDh will be here in the United States. And at that point I will spend a lot of time on it.”
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