It’s not the ’90s, but PT, Vasser and Gordon are racing at Toronto anyway

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Robby Gordon’s new Stadium Super Trucks series just got a voicemail from the 1990s: They called and want their IndyCar superstars back.

Three of the biggest names during one of open-wheel racing’s most memorable decades – Gordon, Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser – will take to the streets of Toronto this weekend in a completely different form of machinery: the Stadium Super Trucks.

A late add to what was already a jam-packed schedule, SST will run a doubleheader for Rounds 7 and 8 of its season. Round 7 will occur Saturday evening after the IZOD IndyCar Series concludes its first race of the weekend, will Round 8 will occur just before IndyCar’s second race.

These three bring huge star power and impressive resumes to SST from their time in Toronto. Tracy, the local son from Scarborough, Ontario, who last raced an IndyCar in Toronto in 2011, has two prior wins (2003 and 1993) at Exhibition Place.

Vasser, the 1996 IndyCar champion, has a best result of second (2004) in Toronto. The KV Racing Technology co-owner (pictured, right) will be pulling double duty as he’ll also perform his usual role on Tony Kanaan’s radio.

Gordon last raced in Toronto in 1999, with a best result of fifth place in 1995 driving for Derrick Walker. Walker is now IndyCar’s new president of competition and operations.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”