Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden says that his former IndyCar team mate at Team Penske, Helio Castroneves is an icon of the sport.

Newgarden, who won his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship in his first season with Team Penske told

“Helio has been an icon for Indy car racing. He is certainly a legend in the sport and someone I’ve been fortunate to race against but also been fortunate to be teammates with.”

Castroneves who makes the move to Penske’s IMSA Sportscar programme with Juan Pablo Montoya in 2018 driving thw Acura AX05 DPi finished on the podium in the final race of the 2017 IMSA season at the Road Atlanta circuit on Sunday.

Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya finished the Petit LeMans in third place.

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