Ed Carpenter Racing team owner Ed Carpenter has revealed that he has had friendly discussions with three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and would be interested in signing the Brazilian.
Castroneves said earlier this week that is interested in returning to the NTT IndyCar Series full time in 2021 after it was comfirmed that Acura are ending their partnership with Team Penske for 2021 with Penske President Tim Cindric advising their drivers to seek opportunities elsewhere.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom media call on Friday, Carpenter said that if he would jump at the opportunity to sign Castroneves.
Carpenter said that age is not a issue for him given that Castroneves is 45 but Carpenter said that he is nearly as old as the Brazilian.
Castroneves revealed this week that the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on August 23 will be last 500 for Penske.
I would never rule it out. I think Helio is an amazing talent. I’m not going to knock a guy for his age, being old myself. We’re similar in age, although I think he’s a couple years older than me.
I know that the passion is still there for him. It wasn’t his decision fully, I don’t think, to be a full-time sports car driver at this point. His heart has been in INDYCAR the whole time. I’ve had friendly discussions with him just as a friend over his time in sports cars.
If there’s an opportunity, I would 100% be in interested in working with a guy like Helio. I know he wants to add his name to the list of four-time winners. He’s going to be motivated for that for a while.