Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves looks let to end his full-time Verizon IndyCar Series career at the end of the 2017 season, according to reports emerging from the Iowa Speedway ahead of Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300.
It is believed that the Brazilian will leave Roger Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series operation to join his team mate Juan Pablo Montoya as part of a four driver full-time line up in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in a Honda powered Team Penske Daytona prototype.
Castroneves who is celebrating 20 years in the Verizon IndyCar Series this year will start Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 from third place on the grid in his No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet.
Paddock Eye understands that the move would Penske scale back his full-time Verizon IndyCar Series involvement, fielding just three cars next season with Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden and Will Power competing full-time.
Our understanding is that both Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya will return to IndyCar next May for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.