Romain Grosjean remains keen to take part in a NASCAR road course event for his F1 team owner Gene Haas, if it can be slotted into his schedule.
The Stewart-Haas camp has made it clear that it would like to create an opportunity for the Frenchman to have a run.
“So far I haven’t spoken with my wife!” he joked on Thursday. “Definitely I want to do it. It’s something we discussed since Day One, and it would be a great experience. When is that going to happen? I don’t know. With 21 races, it’s quite a tight schedule already in F1. Of course you don’t want to start on an oval, I wouldn’t feel very comfortable. We’ll find one that’s possible to do.”
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Grosjean’s two opportunities in 2016 are at Sonoma on June 26, and Watkins Glen on Aug. 7. However, the latter would eat into his summer break and thus family time: “That’s the problem! In Sonoma it’s better, I think.”
Grosjean is not new to a closed cockpit, having raced a GT1 car in 2010, but he admits NASCAR would be a big change.
“It’s heavier and more powerful, the brakes don’t look to be the best brakes in the world, there’s a lot of contact as well. A few things to learn. But why not? It’s fun.”
Per NASCAR rules, however, Stewart-Haas Racing would not be able to run a fifth car for him.