Penske Expects Castroneves Back at Indy in 2020

Roger Penske expects Helio Castroneves to race in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

The most successful IndyCar team owner in history told The Associated Press on Wednesday that when the three-time race winner made the full-time switch to sports cars last year, Penske made a three-year commitment to bring the Brazilian back to Indianapolis for a chance at a record-tying fourth win.

Castroneves won the 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009. He also finished second in 2003, 2014 and 2017 and was third in 2007. The 44-year-old Castroneves has six other top-10 finishes in 18 career starts on Indianapolis’ 2.5-mile oval. He finished a career-worst 27th last year.

Qualifying will be held Saturday and Sunday. This year’s race will be staged May 26.

Castroneves had the fifth-fastest lap on the second day of practice with a speed of 228.441 mph. He made his season debut in last Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix and finished 21st, two laps behind the leaders.

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