The Meyer-Shank Racing IndyCar driver received the opening spherical of the Famous person Racing Expertise (SRX), a six-race mini-series during which drivers from high US racing classes compete in an identical inventory automobiles, at Pensacola final weekend.
Collection CEO Don Hawk had advised Castroneves that he’d get the Brazilian a journey within the Daytona 500 if he received an SRX race.
Previous to this weekend’s second SRX race in South Boston, which additionally options IndyCar veterans Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Paul Tracy, Hawk stated he instantly started to work on fulfilling his promise to the 47-year-old.
“I did all I might do within the store with SRX on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday however my facet job was representing Mr. Castroneves,” Hawk defined.
“Cellphone calls have been happening. The ball is rolling and when he will get up right here [this weekend], he’ll know a little bit extra.
“However we’re not able to say a complete lot publicly.”
Hawk added that coming into Castroneves in a couple of NASCAR race was additionally on the playing cards.
“The intention initially was he actually wished to run the Daytona 500 and if not, a ‘crown jewel’ [race],” stated Hawk.
“We’re actually going to attempt to make the Daytona 500 work.”
Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Picture by: Geoffrey M. Miller / Motorsport Images
For his half, Castroneves stated he welcomed the prospect to compete in NASCAR as he has tried new motorsport ventures since his spell as a full-timer in Staff Penske’s IndyCar lineup got here to a conclusion in 2017.
Castroneves raced within the IMSA SportsCar Championship full-time between 2018 and 2020, successful the title in his third season with Acura Staff Penske, and has claimed back-to-back Daytona 24 Hours victories previously two years with the Wayne Taylor Racing and MSR Acura squads.
He returned to IndyCar full-time in 2021 with MSR and claimed a record-equalling fourth win at Indianapolis, matching the tallies of AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.
“I drove for therefore a few years with Roger Penske and I used to be not capable of get a [NASCAR] alternative there,” he stated.
“As soon as now I had a chance in my contract, then why not? Why not strive issues that I by no means did?
“Now I’m attempting SRX, IMSA, IndyCar and it will be very pure to strive one thing that I’ve at all times (wished), which was NASCAR, so I do know it is going to be nice. I do know it is going to be robust however, hey, who is aware of?
“You by no means know what to anticipate and I don’t know as a result of I have never drove one. However I need to do the Daytona 500 for positive.”