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Romain Grosjean takes IndyCar pole position months after scary crash

May 14, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indy Series driver Romain Grosjean (51) during practice for the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Romain Grosjean will be in the pole position for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix in the IndyCar Series, less than six months after surviving a fiery crash in a Formula One race.

It marks the first pole position in any circuit for Grosjean, 35, in 10 years.

In Friday’s qualifying, he turned in the top lap time of 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds.

In the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix on Nov. 29, the French-Swiss driver was sent head-on into a guardrail on the first lap. His car split in two and became engulfed in fire, but Grosjean managed to walk away from the accident with only minor burns.

Grosjean moved from Formula One to IndyCar for the first time in 2021. The GMR Grand Prix is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the Indianapolis 500 only 15 days away.

–Field Level Media