Shank: Castroneves can be IndyCar’s “prime story” in early 2022 - Motor Informed
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Shank: Castroneves can be IndyCar’s “prime story” in early 2022

Talking on Motorsport.tv’s This Week with Will Buxton, Shank admitted that he and co-owner Jim Meyer had been “speaking about methods to develop the connection [with Castroneves] even earlier than we had the win,” and that, following the Indy 500 triumph collectively, their sponsors have been “actually excited to do one thing extra” with the 46-year-old Brazilian.

He stated: “I imagine that subsequent yr, from 1 March by 1 June, Helio would be the prime story or rattling close to the highest story in IndyCar racing.”

Though Shank stated that he and the MSR crew will recognize Castroneves’ huge expertise which has led to 31 IndyCar wins, he stated the four-time championship runner-up presents extra than simply abilities behind the wheel.

“It’s not simply driving, it’s method, it’s working with engineers, it’s working collectively… all this stuff that he is aware of work – or doesn’t – he brings them to the desk,” stated Shank. “There’s many, many issues like this that have does train, however the great point is that he does carry that, however he additionally brings alongside one other ‘bible’ full of knowledge…

“On prime of that, he understands the enterprise of racing, in order that makes my job just a little bit simpler. He understands what it takes to make individuals completely happy and really feel included in our venture right here. It’s an awesome state of affairs.”

Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda celebrates his victory

Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda celebrates his victory

Picture by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images

Castroneves was additionally a visitor on Buxton’s present, and recalled his final full IndyCar season in 2017, when regardless of profitable a race and taking three poles for Group Penske, he was moved into the squad’s Acura DPi program within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship which culminated in title glory final yr with co-driver Ricky Taylor.

“In 2017 when it was my final yr, Roger [Penske] determined to hold on with this system with Acura Group Penske, which was truly nice,” he stated. “I’ve to say, I discovered a lot driving a distinct sort of automobile with totally different sort of races… it truly improved my driving craft, to be trustworthy.

“However on the finish of the day, my DNA is IndyCar, it’s open-wheel. I’ve been there for thus a few years and it’s nice to do one thing that I wanna accomplish that unhealthy, one thing that’s unfinished enterprise with this championship – and I do know with Mike and the complete MSR crew we are able to do it.

“We have now plenty of work, no query about it, however we are able to do it. We did probably the most troublesome one, gained our first race. With dedication and a spotlight to particulars we have been capable of ship, and that’s our objective for subsequent yr.”

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Castroneves stated MSR first appealed to him as a result of Shank was “decisive” and “a type of guys who could make issues occur” and stated the crew has the best instruments and the best individuals to succeed.

“Mike is a man who’s enthusiastic about it, like me,” he stated. “All of us love this, all of us love racing, and that’s why we’re right here collectively, to realize our objectives, which is profitable races, with that the championship, and hopefully one other Indy 500.”

Shank wouldn’t even trace at who could be Castroneves’ fulltime associate, changing Jack Harvey, however stated he expects the announcement will come on the season finale in Lengthy Seaside.

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