Oval and Street Racing Thrills in One Weekend for Step One Ambassadors
Two very different kinds of racing circuits were on offer for Step One Ambassadors Chandler Smith and Romain Grosjean this weekend. Between a United States East Coast oval track in New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a close-walled street circuit in Toronto, Canada, both open-wheel and closed-cockpit motorsport abounded.
For Kaulig Racing driver Chandler Smith, in Friday’s qualifying session, he secured a second consecutive pole award at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at his NASCAR Xfinity weekend. Come race day, he led the field from the front, never once relenting in his demonstration of speed and showing high-level confidence in fighting at the pointy end of the cars on track. Smith finished the race on the podium in second place, having also secured solid stage points throughout the race’s three stages.
Romain Grosjean competed on the streets of Toronto with IndyCar starting the race in ninth after a rainy Saturday qualifying session hampered his efforts. Grosjean showed strong pace during Sunday’s Grand Prix and spent a portion of the time fighting toward the front of the field, placing the speed in his Andretti Autosport machinery on display. Unfortunately, his race came to an early end after making contact with the barriers at turn 10 of the circuit, and he was classified as P22 at the conclusion of the race.
This weekend, Chandler Smith competes at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania with NASCAR Xfinity, Romain Grosjean hits the track for an IndyCar double-header at Iowa Speedway, and Juan Manuel Correa will be back racing with Formula 2 near Budapest, Hungary at the Hungaroring.