Helio Castroneves’ bid for a fourth Indianapolis 500 triumph came to an end following a restart on Lap 145, when his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet broke loose exiting Turn 4, sending him spinning into the inside wall near the pit entrance.
Castroneves started eighth and had been running solidly inside the top 10 for much of the race, and he was sitting fifth following a Lap 145 restart. Further, the previous caution – for Sebastien Bourdais, who crashed in Turn 4 – set up Castroneves to possibly make it to the end of the race on more pit stop.
However, that effort came to a disappointing end not long after racing resumed – the first time Castroneves has crashed out of an Indy 500 since 2006.
At the time, Castroneves’ status for future Indy 500s was unknown, and he made a plea to team owner Roger Penske to let him come back next year. “Please, Roger, I want to come back,” said Castroneves during his interview.
In the post-race press conference, Team Penske president Tim Cindric confirmed that the Penske team has every intention of bringing Castroneves back for another go.
“He’s going to be back. He will be here next year in one of our cars,” Cindric declared.
Castroneves returns to the Acura Team Penske outfit in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship next week for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.