NASCAR opportunity for Grosjean on hold until 2017


Romain Grosjean - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean looks set to see his opportunity of competing in a NASCAR Sprint Cup event be put on hold until next year at the earliest.

The Haas F1 Team driver voiced his interest in making a guest appearance in the series last month as the Formula 1 team is the sister outfit of Stewart-Haas Racing. Grosjean’s chances of a drive are now limited as the race during the summer break at Watkins Glen is his only realistic chance.

Over the next eight weekends, there is a total of six Grand Prix before the summer break, the Frenchman believes his best opportunity at a NASCAR event is now next year. Practicing over the winter break will allow him more time to prepare.

“I’m going to two races – Kansas [October 16] and Homestead [November 20] – as a spectator,” said Grosjean to Motorsport.com.

“In terms of racing the only choice we have now is Watkins Glen in the August break, but it’s a bit tricky during that. If it’s not this year then I will practice over the winter, and next year we will definitely put it on the calendar.

“Yes, I want to do it, but it doesn’t fit very well with the schedule, so its either Watkins Glen or next year. But I want to get in some days of testing. It’s pointless being there to be last.”

When asked the likelihood of testing in NASCAR with the F1 calendar, Grosjean added, “January/February is the only time we’ve got a chance to do something, somewhere in the American south where it’s hot and you can test.

“As for testing this year, it would have to be the end of June, but that would mean five race weekends in a row, so it’s tricky.”

When suggested if it was too late to drive this year, Grosjean replied, “If the team really wants then we will do it. But it’s more likely [it will be] in the future.”