News "Talked to four teams": Castroneves and his IndyCar comeback

19:10  02 october  2020
19:10  02 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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This weekend, Helio Castroneves will step in at McLaren SP, but for 2021 he will also speak to three other IndyCar teams and an IMSA team.

On the current IndyCar At the weekend on the infield circuit of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway , Helio Castroneves jumps an at McLaren SP at short notice to replace the sick regular driver Oliver Askew. It remains to be seen whether Castroneves will benefit from the two races (Friday and Saturday).

In free practice on Thursday, Castroneves drove the # 7 McLaren-Chevrolet initially only in 23rd place in the field of 25, but, like so many others, was unlucky that it was red flagged shortly before the end of the session. In qualifying for race 1, "Spiderman" took 19th place on the grid.

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The first of the two races of the double header on the Indianapolis circuit will start shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. CEST) on Friday, the second on Saturday shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m.) CEST). The unusual schedule is explained by the fact that the Intercontinental GT-Challenge (IGTC) drives on the Indianapolis circuit on Sunday to carry out the 8 hours of Indianapolis.

As for Castroneves, he is famously working on a return to the IndyCar series for 2021 . On the one hand, the Penske team's IMSA program will come to an end in a few weeks after three years. On the other hand, Castroneves and Penske will go their separate ways from the end of the year anyway.

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In the last season together, Castroneves / Penske was going really well again, the Brazilian was with us Ricky Taylor has all won the three previous IMSA races (Elkhart Lake, 6h Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio).

Looking to 2021 - his first year as a non-Penske driver since the 1999 CART season - Castroneves is extremely optimistic about finding a new IndyCar cockpit. "I spoke to four teams who showed interest," reveals the 45-year-old Brazilian in an interview with 'Motorsport-Total.com'.

And how did the negotiations go? "One of the teams told me to wait until next month. Another is waiting to see if his driver resigns or not. Another is about to make a deal with a sponsor, but nothing has happened yet. And the fourth team wants only drive the Indy 500, but I try to be able to drive the full season, "said Castroneves.

Helio Castroneves © Provided by motorsport.com Helio Castroneves

On Friday, Castroneves drove an IndyCar race not for Penske for the first time since 1999.

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Which teams the three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time runner-up in the IndyCar series spoke to , he does not reveal. The only thing that is certain is that McLaren SP is one of the four teams. "The good thing is that there are options. I just have to be patient," says Castroneves, whose last full IndyCar season was three years ago.

In addition to his wish to drive IndyCar again in 2021, the Noch-Penske driver is also keeping the IMSA door open. "I spoke to a team at IMSA and they seem very interested," says Castroneves.

Acura, the chassis partner of the Penske team in the IMSA, is working together with the teams of Wayne Taylor and Michael Shank for the 2021 season.

With images from IndyCar Series.

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