Castroneves seeking Milwaukee win to kickstart late-season title challenge

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The importance of this weekend’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile has not been lost on Penske’s Helio Castroneves, who is seeking a win to kickstart a late-season charge for the Verizon IndyCar Series title.

Castroneves is yet to win a race in 2015, and currently sits fifth in the drivers’ championship with four podium finishes to his name.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest, the Brazilian acknowledged the need for a victory in the coming races if he is to mount a challenge to Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power for the championship.

“I’m proud of everyone on this Hitachi Chevy team for how consistent we have been this year,” Castroneves said. “We are still in the hunt for the championship as the season is winding down and that’s all you can ask for as a driver.

“With the way Juan Pablo and Will are running right now, we are going to need to get a win here over the next couple of races to put us in the best position for the title.

“We saw last year how the win at Milwaukee jumpstarted Will’s push toward his championship.”

Power’s 2014 victory at The Mile was part of a sequence of top ten finishes in the last six races of the season. In the same period, Castroneves reached the top ten just once.

“We didn’t have a very good race last year at The Mile,” the Brazilian said. “The handling on the No. 3 Chevy just wasn’t where we needed it to be, but I’m confident that the team will bring a car this weekend that will run up front.

“Milwaukee has been such an important track for the Verizon IndyCar Series for a long time and I would love to win there. We’ve been close with a lot of Verizon P1 Awards. This weekend would be an ideal time to get that first Milwaukee win.”

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.