Grosjean keen for test days before making NASCAR debut

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Romain Grosjean remains keen to make his NASCAR debut in the near future, but wants to complete some test days before entering a race.

Grosjean joined NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ new Formula 1 operation at the beginning of the season, leading its charge to points on debut in Australia.

Grosjean told NBC Sports in pre-season that he did discuss trying out a NASCAR with Haas, before identifying either Sonoma or Watkins Glen as possible debut races.

With Sonoma taking place two weeks ago, Grosjean’s only chance – albeit a slim one – of making his NASCAR debut in 2016 will come at Watkins Glen during F1’s summer break.

“When I was sitting on my sofa watching the Sonoma race, I wished I was there,” Grosjean said.

“It looks good fun. I liked the last lap with Tony Stewart winning the race and pushing [Denny Hamlin] a little bit wide but it was great fun.”

However, Grosjean admitted that he would need to complete a few days of testing before entering a race, not wishing to go wheel-to-wheel without being comfortable with a NASCAR.

“I do need to get a few laps, a few days in the car, do some laps, get some good sensation and then I will come to do a race,” Grosjean said.