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.”

For full broadcast details ahead of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, click here.

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.