It’s official! Following months of speculation of will he won’t he, Team Penske announced on Wednesday that Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Helio Castroneves who drives the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet will join fellow Indy 500 winner in Roger Penske’s Acura IMSA programme for 2018.
The three time Indianapolis 500 winner will compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May and speaking about the news, the Brazilian said:
I’ve been fortunate to achieve a lot of my personal goals with Team Penske over the years. “Helping Roger, the team and everyone with Acura start this program and build it from the ground up will be another big challenge and a great opportunity in my career. I am proud of everything we have accomplished together in INDYCAR and now I am focused on helping to develop the ARX-05 to try and win the 24 Hours of Daytona and the IMSA championship in 2018 with Acura.
Team owner Roger Penske commented by saying:
Helio has been a valuable member of Team Penske for almost 20 years and we are looking forward to sharing more success together. “Competitors like Helio, Rick Mears and Mark Donohue are what have made Team Penske what it is today. This represents a new challenge for him and I know he is excited about the opportunity. Having established winning drivers like Helio and Juan, teaming up with young and talented racers that know the series like Dane Cameron, will help give our new sports car program a solid foundation as we head into the 2018 season.
Castroneves, who will join team mates Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud in the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta this weekend as the IMSA season comes to an end concluded by saying:
“I’m also excited to get a chance to race again for Team Penske at the Indianapolis 500. That race is near and dear to my heart and trying to become the fourth four-time winner is something I really want to accomplish in my career. We’ve come so close the last few years and with this team, I know we will have a great opportunity to try and make some history.