Meyer Shank Racing announced on Tuesday that Helio Castroneves will return to the NTT IndyCar Series in 2021 on a part time schedule alongside full-time driver Jack Harvey for six races including the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May.
The other races are: Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, Harvest GP, Portland and Laguna Seca.
Team owner Mike Shank said that they will see where it leads.
We’re really excited to have Helio come onboard with us next year. “The idea to start off with six races for the second IndyCar was another strategic plan. As I’ve always said in the past, we will never bite off more than we can chew. It’s always been one of our goals to expand the IndyCar program, and this is the best way that we can start that. Of course the goal is to have two full-season cars.”
Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves commented saying:
I’m super excited to be joining Meyer Shank Racing for six IndyCar races next year. Mike (Shank) and I know each other from a long time ago and I raced with the team at Daytona. Now, with Jim (Meyer), Mike and Jack (Harvey), all three of us I feel like we have great potential. I can’t thank enough Team Penske for all of these years with them, but now it’s a new chapter in my life and I’m excited to join MSR and an incredible group of friends.”
Jack Harvey who drives the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda commented saying:
I’m really excited to build on the progress that we made this year and bring that into 2021. “We’ve had so much potential, but had such bad luck in so many of the races this year that I’m just excited to start fresh. I’m confident that next year we can push for some podiums and race wins based off of the pace that we had this year. Having Helio, he will be a fantastic addition to the team. He’s a three-time Indy 500 winner and he’s a living legend really, so it’s pretty great that I will get to work with him and be teammates with someone who has that level of experience. I see this as a way to strengthen the team. I’m excited to get going again and 2021 cannot come soon enough
Mike Shank went on to say:
Having a guy like Helio on the team will be a big asset for us. “He’s a proven race winner and brings a ton of knowledge to the team. He’s someone that we will be able to learn from. This past season was definitely a tough one for us, but Jack (Harvey) proved that he has the pace to be running up front, and going into 2021 we certainly aiming to get back up on the podium.”