Helio Castroneves’ Drive for Five at the Indianapolis 500 officially kicked off on Thursday with the announcement of a full-season deal for Castroneves to drive the full 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season with Meyer Shank Racing.
And, yes, the deal includes a ride for the Indianapolis 500. Castroneves, 46, won his fourth Indianapolis 500 this past May while driving for MSR. He will be going for his fifth 500 win at the age of 47. The oldest Indy 500 winner is Al Unser, who won the 1987 race at the age of 47 years, 360 days.
The full-season ride will be Castroneves’ first in IndyCar since 2017.
“I am thrilled to get the chance to go for a fifth Indianapolis 500 win, and so excited to fight for the IndyCar championship again with a full season of races next year with Meyer Shank Racing,” said Castroneves. “Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) have developed some incredible sponsorships with AutoNation and SiriusXM, and having that support is critical. I have been missing racing in IndyCar full time so much! So I cannot wait to get a head start on next year with some strong races to finish this season.”
While Castroneves has four Indy 500 rings, he has yet to win the IndyCar season championship. He’s finished runner-up four times, the most recent in 2014.
Along with the Castroneves’ announcement, MSR announced that the four-time Indy 500 winner will team with team with a yet-to-be-named driver to give the team two full-time entries in the 2022 season. Castroneves will drive the 06 car, while the to-be-named driver will replace Jack Harvey in the 60.
Harvey is in his second full season with MSR. He was with the team for a partial schedule in both 2018 and 2019.
“We wish Jack much success and we know he will continue to be a driver to watch,” said MSR co-owner, Mike Shank. “MSR is excited to have Helio on the 06 car next season and we’re looking forward to adding a driver, who will turn heads in the 60 car.”
Shank’s squad has one win, two podiums and 12 top-10 finishes in 42 race starts. The team’s expansion to two cars includes the building of a 43,000-square-foot shot at Pataskala, Ohio, near Columbus.
“There are so many people around us that have given us the opportunity to expand to two full-season entries for next year,” said Shank. “My partner Jim Meyer and I have done this in a way that makes sense for us. I am very excited to have Helio (Castroneves) onboard for the 2022 season and I think there will be a lot of excitement around our second driver when we make that announcement as well.”
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