GMR Grand Prix In Indy Starts Out Wet And Full Of Drama

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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The 2022 NTT season’s first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the GMR Grand Prix, was full of pre-race talk about the rain, rain experience of drivers, and the controversy that started between Graham Rahal and Romain Grosjean earlier in May.

The Grand Prix was declared a “rain race,” and tire strategy would be the dominant thought in the minds of all the drivers. But Rahal’s month of May didn’t start so well.

“At Barber Motorsports Park, Graham Rahal felt Romain Grosjean purposefully ran into him not once, but twice in a matter of seconds with four laps to go while the pair fought for 7th place on-track. What’s more is the veteran IndyCar driver says he’s not alone in his staunch belief that the series’ most popular driver “is a punk,” as Rahal said over his in-car radio that day.”

Both Rahal and Grosjean, who started the race out side by side, told the media they were putting their differences aside to concentrate on the race- but the tension was thick, and the spicey moisture on the track built with the drizzling rain.

IndyStar reported in a post Barber race report that Rahal was thinking of punting Grosjean:

“I won’t name them, but as another driver in the series told me, ‘You can’t teach old dogs new tricks,’ and it’s kinda been his reputation over his whole career in Europe, and we’re learning his reputation quickly here,” Rahal said post-race. “To me, if race control doesn’t want to do anything, they’re not going to do anything, but when we go punt him, they better not do anything to me.

“In the past, I’ve been penalized for a lot less,” Rahal said.

The race started with a prayer by a local pastor from a local church and the star-spangled banner- to ‘honor America’ as drivers stood by their cars in a drizzle, and some fans on the hills were under umbrellas.

The command to start engines came at 3:40 and saw Mario Andretti kiss the yard of bricks before jumping into his two-seat open-wheel car long with his sidekick- Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton-  for the pace lap.

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Drivers were on edge, and then Colton Herta had a ‘crash that didn’t happen’ when he was about to go sideways and pulled himself out of it.

First  Caution was for the stalled car of Alex Palou to smooth things out. After that, all drivers were on slicks.

Only in America Y’all!

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