Grosjean went on to talk about the nature of Formula One when compared to other forms of racing, noting that, “You know when you get to Formula 1 if you don’t have the best car, it’s going to be very unlikely that you get to win races.”

While IndyCar has been criticized for mandating more spec-based components than the top tier of European open-wheel, it does provide for some undeniably exceptional results. Yes, there are IndyCar teams that are more dominant than others, and there are often clear favorites for the championship—but there are still opportunities throughout the season for an underdog to triumph.

And that’s certainly what’s happening with Grosjean this weekend. His No. 51 car is a collaboration between Dale Coyne Racing and Rick Ware Racing, neither of which are exactly front-running teams. Grosjean, though, was still fast on merit in a field that has been incredibly close this weekend.

The GMR Grand Prix takes place today at 2pm ET on NBC.

Top 10

  1. Romain Grosjean, 1:09.4396
  2. Josef Newgarden, 1:09.5665
  3. Jack Harvey, 1:09.6528
  4. Alex Palou, 1:09.7118
  5. Scott McLaughlin, 1:09.7140
  6. Conor Daly, 1:09.8662
  7. Rinus Veekay, 1:09.8185
  8. Colton Herta, 1:09.8222
  9. Ed Jones, 1:09.8548
  10. Simon Pagenaud, 1:09.8722