A disappointing first full IndyCar season continued for Romain Grosjean on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
A 16th place finish at the venue where Romain Grosjean achieved two career-best second place results in his rookie IndyCar season last year was not what he expected when the series made its annual summer return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second road course race.
And even a 16th place finish in Saturday afternoon’s 85-lap race around the 13-turn, 2.439-mile (3.925-kilometer) Speedway, Indiana road course, which was one place better than his May finish at track, might be a bit generous, considering where he was all weekend.
After a respectable doubleheader at Iowa Speedway that saw the driver of the #28 Honda finish seventh and ninth in two oval races, Saturday’s result continued a somewhat disappointing first full season for Grosjean at Andretti Autosport.
Through 13 of the season’s 17 races, he sits in 14th place in the championship standings.
That was just one spot higher than where he finished last year — driving part-time for Dale Coyne Racing.
Aside from the oval race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway, where he finished 14th, Grosjean only competed in road and street course races last year. Unlike this season, he did not compete in the double points-paying Indy 500.
And he managed to finish 15th in the championship standings, ahead of seven full-time drivers — including Ryan Hunter-Reay, the man he replaced behind the wheel of the #28 Honda in 2022.
In fact, he finished just one spot behind Team Penske rookie Scott McLaughlin, who ran the entire schedule and earned Rookie of the Year honors as a result of his 14th-place effort.
This season, Grosjean entered as one of the drivers many believed could win the championship. With all due respect to Dale Coyne’s team, Michael Andretti’s team has long been considered one of the “Big Three” and considered more of a contender.
Even in a season where they have struggled to find consistency, they are tied for second place on the wins list. Meanwhile, Dale Coyne Racing are looking for their first win in over four years.
But through 13 races, Grosjean sits just 11 points higher than the position he finished in last year when he competed in just 13 of 16 races.