IndyCar news | Romain Grosjean crash with Josef Newgarden, apology phone call to clear the air
The aftermath of a gnarly IndyCar race on the streets of Nashville was nearly as chaotic as the race itself after drivers took to Twitter to express their frustrations.
Now, two proponents in the race – dubbed ‘Crashville’ for its string of stoppages – have offered apologies.
Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean was among those who bowed out of the 80-lap race after a clumsy collision with Team Penske ace Josef Newgarden.
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Josef Newgarden (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Frenchman took to social media in the wake of the clash, posting three angry emojis.
That drew a response from Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson, who wrote “what goes around comes around.”
The terse remark was in reference to an earlier incident in which Ericsson made space for Grosjean, only to be hit by another Andretti Autosport driver, Colton Herta, which resulted in race-ending damage to his gearbox
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Reflecting on the incident, Ericsson called Grosjean to offer an apology.
“I think a lot of drivers were probably frustrated on Sunday night, including me,” Ericsson told The Race.
“I put out that tweet on Sunday about Romain and I felt like he had done a bit of a late dive on me in the race and sort of put me in a position where Colton hits me.
Romain Grosjean (Supplied)
“I just called him on Monday, to have a chat about it.
“I think we had a good chat and when I’m looking back at it as well, I don’t think there was anything wrong with what Romain did to me really.
“I think it’s still a late move, but looking at it, sleeping on it and looking at it again, I don’t think there was anything really wrong with it.
“So I think we had a good chat about it and that was really what came out of it.”
Grosjean has been the subject of criticism by his opposition for aggressive driving.
Of late, he’s been on the receiving end of it, clashing with his teammate Alexander Rossi at Mid-Ohio and then with Newgarden at Nashville.
“Lovely, f—ing lovely,” Grosjean said over the radio immediately after the Nashville crash.
“And then I am the aggressive driver? And then hits me, right? And then hits me.”
Romain Grosjean (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
For his involvement in the race-ending incident with Grosjean, Newgarden offered little in the way of remorse.
“Welcome to IndyCar, it gets tight,” said Newgarden in a post-race interview.
“He’s been on a worse end of that, I don’t know what to tell him.”
Newgarden copped grief from fans online who saw differently following the comments, which led to a handful of snarky retorts.
“Wow Chris, I wonder if anyone on Twitter is blown away by your tweets? Probably not,” he wrote.
In another, he said, “It must not be fun to be Tony. Sorry Tony.”
The two-time series winner offered a handful of apologies a few days later.
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“I apologise if I was condescending the other day,” Newgarden wrote in a follow-up Tweet to another user he had flamed.
“I don’t know you brother, and I’m sure being Tony is great. It was a bad take from my side. Take care.”
Will Power leads the IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske just six points clear of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Ericsson has slid to third having led the lion’s share of proceedings since winning the Indianapolis 500.
The IndyCar Series continues on August 21 (AEST) with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.
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