On the eve of announcing a primary sponsor for Simon Pagenaud’s No.22 Team Penske Chevrolet for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Roger ‘The Captain’ Penske who is celebrating 50 years in motor racing has stated that he wants to field Helio Castroneves at the Indianapolis 500 when the Brazilian finally retires.
Castroneves who drives the No.3 Hitachi sponsored Team Penske Chevrolet who has just started his 15th season in the the Verizon IndyCar Series has never one the championship but has won the iconic Indianapolis 500 three times makes up a four car entry for Penske.
Castroneves took back to back Indianapolis 500 victories at the first attempt in 2001 starting the race from 11th place and won again in 2002 having started from 13th place. Castroneves’ latest victory at the Indianapolis 500 came in 2009 having started the race from pole position.
Last year, Castroneves finished the most famous race in seventh place having started the event in fifth place.
Helio is hungry for it and so are we for his sake, Right now we don’t have a plan where we wouldn’t run him every race. We have four good cars, good sponsors for each and four good drivers.
Castroneves’ team mate Juan Pablo Montoya who won the Indianapolis 500 last season and to victory at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg will be hoping that he can back to back victories at the Brickyard this season.
Penske continued by saying:
But if the rules were such that Helio wasn’t running a full season, if we had the funding, I would definitely run him at Indy. That race is different, and he has a great deal of experience….
Castroneves and Montoya are both still hungry to win races in IndyCar with Penske and between them have five of Penske’s 16 Indianapolis 500 victories.
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place on May 29.