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Helio Castroneves to be inducted into Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame

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Don’t be surprised if Helio Castroneves utters “Well, howdy parciero” next month.

Parciero is Portuguese for “partner,” and the Brazilian native will feel a lot of love deep in the heart of Texas when he’s inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame at Texas Motor Speedway’s Grand Ballroom of The Speedway Club on Saturday, November 3.

The former IndyCar star, now competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship circuit, will be the 21st member to be inducted into the Hall.

Castroneves will be inducted along with former NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, marking the first dual induction into the Hall since 2008 when NASCAR great Bobby Labonte and Speedway Motorsports Inc. patriarch Bruton Smith were inducted together.

The induction will take place during the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 playoff tripleheader at the 1.5-mile track on the northern edge of Fort Worth.

Castroneves is the most dominant IndyCar driver in TMS history. He owns track records for most wins (4), top 10s (15), top fives (11) and laps led (506) over the course of his record 20 career starts. He also recorded one pole position.

Edwards is also a four-time winner at TMS in NASCAR Cup competition, including his last career Cup triumph in November 2016. He also earned two NASCAR Xfinity Series wins at TMS, as well.

NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, as well as NASCAR Cup driver Kevin Harvick and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell will also be honored during the induction luncheon:

* Gibbs will receive the Bruton Smith Legend Award for his leadership in his role as a championship-winning team owner.

* Harvick will be honored with the 2017 Racer of the Year award after a strong fourth-place finish in April (2017) and a drought-ending victory last fall.

* Bell, who won the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, will receive the Sportsmanship Award.

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IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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