Keselowski would welcome Castroneves IndyCar title for Penske

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Roger Penske has made a big splash with the signing of Juan Pablo Montoya to his IZOD IndyCar Series team for 2014, announced earlier Monday. But Penske, of course, can still win his first IndyCar title since 2006 this year with Helio Castroneves. The Brazilian currently leads the standings by 49 points over Scott Dixon with three races remaining.

Penske has the chance to win back-to-back titles, albeit in different series, for the first time since 2007 and 2008. Penske won back-to-back P2 class titles with its Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series; Penske’s last back-to-back in open-wheel came in 2000 and 2001 with Gil de Ferran.

Brad Keselowski notched Penske’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship a year ago and discussed the possibility of what a Castroneves title could mean in 2013.

“He’s been close a lot of times but come up short for a variety of reasons,” Keselowski told me in a phone interview Saturday. “It would probably mean more to him than Roger. He’s won the Indy 500 and other things outside of racing, with ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

“It would be great to see him to get the championship accomplished, because it’s a different kind of accomplishment. You know it’s more about the season’s worth of work. I’d like to see him get that reward and see what it’s like to get that success from all his years worth of work.”

Additionally, Keselowski tweeted his welcome to Montoya for IndyCar on Monday.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”