Helio Castroneves will return to IndyCar for ‘unfinished business’ with six races in 2021

Helio Castroneves Meyer Shank

Helio Castroneves will join Meyer Shank Racing for six races in the NTT IndyCar Series next season

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner will race a Dallara-Honda with the team at Barber Motorsports Park, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 105th Indianapolis 500, the Harvest Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (Aug. 14), the Grand Prix of Portland and the Sept. 19 season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Castroneves ran full time in IndyCar and CART from 1998-20017 before Team Penske moved him to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team is ending its Acura DPi program after Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale (which Castroneves will enter with the championship points lead).

Castroneves actively has been seeking an IndyCar ride since the sports car team’s impending shutdown was announced in July. Though he has continued to race with Penske in the Indianapolis 500 (making his 20th start in the race this year), he also raced as a substitute for Arrow McLaren SP last month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

“I have to thank obviously Team Penske to put me in the sports car program because I feel that it was a great experience, and I feel much better as a driver today than actually I was three years ago,” Castroneves, 45, said Tuesday during a news conference announcing his Meyer Shank Racing deal. “But even though I was in the sports car program, IndyCar has always been part of my life. I enjoy it very much. I love the sport. I grew up in open wheel.

“Basically as soon as the Acura program was terminated, I said, ‘Let’s go back because I feel that I have unfinished business in the IndyCar world.’ And here we go.”

Team co-owner Mike Shank said he was attracted by Castroneves’ passion that “is as strong as any 20-year-old out there right now. I think the knowledge he has is times four of anybody out there. And we have metrics that we look at from all the drivers, and when we look at Helio’s (IndyCar) numbers from 2016 and 2017, he’s in the top four of all categories when the switch happened over at Team Penske.

“We saw a guy that was still driving at a level that can compete with anybody.”

Castroneves, who has 30 IndyCar victories and four runner-up finishes in the points, will be teamed with full-time driver Jack Harvey, who will return for a second season at Meyer Shank Racing. The team also is adding an Acura DPi car and is building a 45,000-square-foot shop near Columbus, Ohio, to accommodate the expansion.

“This is the new chapter of my life, as you mentioned, and I’m looking forward to building new relationships and having great results, too,” said Castroneves, who raced a prototype for MSR in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona. “Looking forward to it. I can’t stop smiling because obviously I’m extremely excited. It’s been an amazing couple of months, no question, but we have a lot of work to do, but I’m ready for that challenge.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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