Long Beach, CA (September 25, 2021) – For the fifth time this season, Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Romain Grosjean will be starting in the top six after recording the sixth fastest lap in Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six qualifying session which set the grid for tomorrow’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Grosjean went out in Group 2 in the first round of qualifying and immediately jumped to the top of the charts. At the end of the 10-minute session, his best time of 1:08.7144 was good enough for fourth and a place in the Fast 12.
In the second round, Grosjean continued to show his speed, once again jumping up to first after his first timed lap. This time however, he maintained his first place by registering a dominating lap of 1:08.1776 which allowed him to move on to the final round of qualifying.
In the Firestone Fast 6, Grosjean was pushing hard to try and secure pole position for his #51 Nurtec ODT team, but a brush with the wall on his third lap cost him some precious tenths and he had to settle with a lap of 1:08.7577 and a sixth place on the starting grid the season finale.
“It’s a bit bittersweet. In the Fast 12 we went really fast and had a big margin over second and a huge one over third,” shared Grosjean. “In the last round of qualifying, I struggled a bit more with my Nurtec ODT car but I’m happy with a top 6 start. It’s my first time in Long Beach, so it’s good. We didn’t start the weekend with the best car yesterday, but we made some really good progress so I’m happy with that and now I’m really looking forward to the race.”
In 12 starts this season, Grosjean has four top five, including three podium finishes, and six top ten finishes and has led 53 laps. He has one pole position and has started in the top seven in eight events.
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach goes green at 12:45pm local time (3:45pm ET) and will be broadcast live on NBCSN from Noon ET (3pm ET).