Castroneves confident of challenging for win at Mid-Ohio

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Helio Castroneves remains confident of challenging for his first victory of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season in this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

The Penske no. 3 driver is winless in 2015 and his record at the road course leaves much to be desired.

Despite winning twice there in CART, Castroneves’ has just one top ten finish in the past four events with an average finishing position of 15th.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian remains upbeat as he heads into the final three races of the 2015 season with an outside chance of catching championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya.

“The Hitachi Chevy team has been very consistent this year and that has us in a decent position in the point standings,” Castroneves said.

“Juan Pablo is going to be tough to catch if he doesn’t have another bad race, so we need to really turn up our performance over these last three.

“Mid-Ohio was a place that was good to me early in my career, but we haven’t had those kind of results lately. I enjoy the challenge of the track. It’s a technical place that suits how I like to attack a road course circuit.

“We’ve run well at times this year on the road courses, so I’m confident in our ability to challenge for the win this weekend.”

Castroneves has recorded nine top ten finishes in 13 races in 2015 with five podiums, but is still without a victory. Although Mid-Ohio appears to offer his worst possible chance to break his duck, the Brazilian will still be gunning to keep his hopes of a first IndyCar title alive as the embers of the season begin to burn out.