WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 4:30 p.m. ET wraps up NASCAR Media Tour

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The NASCAR Media Tour wound down on Thursday, but NASCAR AMERICA’s coverage from Charlotte continues today with a one-hour, live show that starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Here is what’s on tap for today’s show, with Leigh Diffey in studio and Kyle Petty in Charlotte:

  • Our coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Charlotte Media Tour continues today with big news as Hendrick Motorsports officially announced that Chase Elliott will take over for Jeff Gordon in the 24 car after Gordon finishes his final NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2015.
  • A proud week for the Elliott family (and great timing, per our Nate Ryan), Chase’s father Bill Elliott discusses his own accomplishments as he prepared to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks to our reporters about Greg Ives, the ninth different crew chief of his career.
  • Richard Childress Racing’s boys talk to us after their day at media day. Ryan Newman searches for his first win with RCR; Paul Menard has not won since the 2011 Brickyard 400, and Austin Dillon discusses his rookie season and what he hopes to improve.
  • Jamie McMurray joined his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona last week. Teammate Kyle Larson was last year’s rookie of the year, and our reporters caught up with another member of the winning Rolex team.
  • With only 24 days left until the 2015 Daytona 500, the Jeff Gordon theme continues.  We look back on Gordon’s most recent Daytona 500 victory, 10 years ago in 2005, which marked the last time any driver has won the race three times.

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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.”