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So it’s a win-win situation.” If Castroneves moves on to the sports car team, Penske is not expected to replace him, but instead go forward as a three-car team.
It is also expected that Castroneves would return to an Indy car next May for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, where he could again try to join A. Foyt, Al Unser and his mentor, Rick Mears, as the race's only four-time winners.
A year later, Castroneves signed with one of the top Indy Car teams, Penske Racing, and became one of the team’s most dominant drivers by age 26.
Castroneves competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 2001, and won.
Castroneves has made five starts for Team Penske in sports car competition as he produced two poles, three podium finishes and a class victory in the 2008 Petit Le Mans event.“I’ve been fortunate to achieve a lot of my personal goals with Team Penske over the years,” said Castroneves, who is also the longest-tenured driver in team history.
“Helping Roger, the team and everyone with Acura start this program and build it from the ground up will be another big challenge and a great opportunity in my career.
Castroneves will join previously announced drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron in racing one of two Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (DPi) entries next season.
Few know for sure whether Helio Castroneves will be driving his familiar Team Penske No.
3 Chevrolet next year or if he'll have moved on to a different series.
Nearly two months ago in Toronto, Castroneves said he was doing everything he can to “make it harder for everyone” if there was a decision to be made.
On Friday, however, Castroneves said that no matter what happens, as long as he remains in the Penske family, he'll be happy.