Biography

Helio Castroneves has long been one of the brightest stars in motorsports. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner has shined both on the track and off in the Verizon IndyCar Series over the last two decades. In 2018, the popular Brazilian racer will tackle a new challenge as he transitions from his roots in open-wheel racing to help “The Captain” revive Team Penske’s storied history in sports car competition.

While Castroneves’ INDYCAR legacy is secure, his newest frontier is the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as he begins his 19th season racing for Roger Penske’s legendary team. Castroneves will compete for the newly-formed Acura Team Penske racing the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi, along with established IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver and reigning Prototype champion Ricky Taylor. To prepare for the team’s full-season return to sports car racing in 2018, Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud competed in the 2017 Petit Le Mans endurance event at Road Atlanta. With Castroneves leading the homecoming effort by winning the pole position, the team was able to produce a third-place podium finish. It marked Castroneves’ second start in the eight-hour endurance race as he helped guide Team Penske to a victory in the event in 2008.

While he’s energized and excited about the sports car challenge starting this season, Castroneves also isn’t done with INDYCAR racing just yet. He will back at the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May as he pursues the immortality that comes with admittance to the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner’s club, as he looks to join his mentor and Team Penske Hall of Fame driver, Rick Mears.