The former Haas driver – who switched to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing for the 2021 season after recovering from injuries he sustained in his 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix fire crash – led the field on the Indianapolis highway route.
After doing the Fast Six shootout for the first time, Grosjean posted a 1m09.439s to overtake two-time Team Penske champion Josef Newgarden on his very first IndyCar pole by 0.126s.
This is the 34-year-old Frenchman’s first pole since the first round of the 2011 GP2 season at Istanbul Park.
– Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) May 14, 2021
Briton Jack Harvey was third fastest for Meyer Shank Racing, ahead of Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing, IndyCar rookie Scott McLaughlin and Conor Daly, who finished sixth on his Ed Carpenter Racing machine.
Rinus Veekay, Colton Herta, Ed Jones and Simon Pagenaud completed the rest of the top 10.
Earlier on Friday, Mercedes confirmed that Grosjean’s F1 farewell test will still take place next month despite the French Grand Prix moving forward following the postponement of the Turkish Grand Prix.
While Grosjean’s scheduled demonstration at Paul Ricard has been canceled, he will drive a Mercedes W10 on a full test day at the French GP home on June 29.