Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves made his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Saturday.
Castroneves who was driving the No.3 Verizon Chevrolet said that was like he had never left the series.
The three time Indianapolis 500 winner started the 85 lap race from 10th place on the grid and came through to finish the event in sixth place showing that he can still compete at the front in the Verizon IndyCar Series and it was a great showing ahead of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil which takes place next weekend.
Castroneves commented following the race saying:
It’s just like I never left, you know? It was great strategy from the team. We started with the blacks and took a gamble. It wasn’t worth it to try to fight because I kind of knew it would have come back, and it did. The team did a phenomenal job staying cool. All my guys did phenomenal pit stops. This is a group that we’re going to have for the 500. So, imagine when you have the guys just showing up and doing the job is incredible. I feel sorry about Simon (Pagenaud). (Takuma) Sato hit me on the back. I lost control on that part of hitting the No. 22 of Simon, but he made a phenomenal comeback. Again, it’s great to be back in Indianapolis and I’m ready to get going
The No.3 Chevrolet will undergo a re-brand to become the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet, ‘the yellow submarine’.