The idea of Romain Grosjean moving into NASCAR is never fully new. He informed Motorsport.com final September he become interested. And his hope could ultimately be coming real. If Stewart-Haas can figure out a way to make it happen, Grosjean may also get his NASCAR debut this summer.
"or not it's truly on our desire checklist," Joe Custer, chief working officer of Haas F1, told Motorsport.com. "We just have to make it work—whether it be this 12 months, subsequent yr, each time it truly is. We're no longer certain."
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Custer then went on to say "there would be nothing greater unique than a existing F1 driver having a pretty good run in a NASCAR race. I issue that would be first rate for every person. it might drive extra interest."
If a plan may also be put collectively in time, we may see Grosjean on the NASCAR grid this season. Grosjean reportedly would not are looking to debut in an oval race—and fortuitously, the dash Cup schedule has two road races, Sonoma and Watkins Glen, each on system 1 off-weeks. Sonoma takes location between the ecu Grand Prix and the Australian Grand Prix, while Watkins Glen takes area within the center of F1's summer season spoil.
"i'm now not certain when it will happen, but it's on our listing," Custer explained. "we might want to have him examine. He could be a rookie."
There are, despite the fact, two challenges in Grosjean's manner. notwithstanding he's already actively racing in F1, Grosjean has now not yet been approved by way of NASCAR to force. Secondly, Stewart-Hass already runs four NASCAR groups, the existing limit for a company.
Assuming NASCAR signals off on Grosjean, Haas could be allowed to run a fifth team for rookie Grosjean in seven races. but no matter if Stewart-Haas would take that route continues to be up in the air.
"[Do we run] five cars or 4 automobiles? Or does he work with yet another group within the garage? All of that. We should figure out the details and have satisfactory time to make it occur," stated Custer.
due to the fact Haas's debut this season because the simplest American F1 group competing, curiously there is been loads of hobby from other NASCAR teams.
"I've obtained remarks from administration to crew guys—now not just on our crew—across the spectrum and past Cup, Xfinity and Truck," Custer said. "The individuals are all for it. They inquire from me about it and they're following it. that's outstanding for our sport."
most likely, having Grosjean race in NASCAR could be a superb means to attract more attention to Stewart-Haas' effort in F1.
Grosjean wouldn't be the first F1 driver to are attempting his hand at NASCAR, though. Kimi Raikkonen gave it a shot a few years in the past, and before him, Juan Pablo Montoya spent seven years riding in NASCAR earlier than getting back into open-wheeled racing. earlier than him, Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 F1 World Champion, drove a couple of races as well.