Damien Power hits Sonoma in person, live tweets, preps for IndyCar video series

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SONOMA, Calif. – On a tough, somber week for the Verizon IndyCar Series en route to Sonoma Raceway for the 2015 season finale, there was some needed laughter and humor present at the track in the form of one famous brother.

You might have heard of him. He’s Will Power’s younger brother Damien, who shot himself into the stratosphere of IndyCar Twitter lore when he live tweeted Will’s run to the championship last year at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

This weekend the Powers were doubled on site, with Damien actually there to see whether Will could overcome a long-range points deficit to Juan Pablo Montoya and defend his championship.

Ahead of the weekend, Damien was in tow when the rest of the IndyCar title contenders headed to AT&T Park in San Francisco and put on jerseys pre-game.

The weekend at Sonoma got off to an interesting start when Will Power led first practice, the marathon session on Friday, then had Damien not only attend but ask a question during the post-practice press conference.

On Saturday, Will Power won the pole. Damien Power offered this bit of insight, and noted how “boring” Saturday’s press conference was by comparison.

And then on Sunday, Damien Power did what we’ve come to expect: he live tweeted Will’s race.

The full complement of in-race tweets are at his @DamienPower01 Twitter handle, with a sampling of those that don’t involve one or two curse words listed below:

Then… Montoya and Will Power made contact.

As the championship reached its crescendo with Power falling out of it and Montoya behind Ryan Briscoe, so too did Damien Power’s level of intensity on the Twitter.

The checkered flag then flew on the race, the season, and Damien’s Twitter feed for the day:

Damien Power wasn’t just there to tweet, though. He’s also working with INDYCAR on a new web series, which should be released in the coming weeks. Here’s a couple sneak peeks:

The anticipation now builds for this.

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.”