Romain Grosjean and Scott McLaughlin

On the tight streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, if you have an opportunity to take the lead, you take it. That’s what Romain Grosjean did, and let’s just say it didn’t work out.

On Lap 72 of the 100-lap race, Grosjean was racing to get around and pass Scott McLaughlin, who was exiting pit road. The two had been in the lead, and with no pit stops expected, this was likely for the win. Grosjean had warm tires and momentum, and he went to the outside to try and pass McLaughlin in Turn 4. McLaughlin tried to protect the lead, but his tires were too cold, and the back end came around, caught Grosjean, and both went into the tire barrier.

Grosjean was out of the race, while McLaughlin continued but fell a lap down and was penalized. Pato O’Ward inherited the lead, but defending Indy 500 champ, Marcus Ericsson passed O’Ward with three laps to go for the season-opening win.

This was the latest in a wild day for the NTT IndyCar Series. A major crash on Lap 1 resulted in Devlin DeFrancesco getting drilled and going airborne. Later in the race, Kyle Kirkwood jumped over a couple cars as he was unable to avoid a blocked track.

Grosjean, the former Formula 1 driver, was going for his first career IndyCar win. The pole sitter for this race, Grosjean was understandably frustrated after that potential win slipped away.

Many reacted to the race-defining moment.

This capped a disappointing day for Andretti AutoSport. Andretti started 1-2, but all four cars crashed in various incidents. In addition to DeFrancesco, Kirkwood, and Grosjean, Colton Herta also hit the wall.

With a crash like this, many will point fingers and place blame on either person. Honestly, this is what happens when two drivers are going for a win and know that they probably won’t get another chance. It resulted in neither person getting the win, but that’s what happens sometimes.

[Photo: @IndyCar]

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