There are a number of drivers from the IndyCar Sequence competing on this weekend’s endurance traditional, however Castroneves shouldn’t be amongst them.
After making his Daytona debut in 2018, the Brazilian immersed himself – and rapidly grew to become a drive – in sports activities automobile racing. Throughout a stretch of his profession that served as a short hiatus from IndyCar, he helped information Team Penske’s Acura program to a championship in 2020.
Nevertheless, it was the transfer to Wayne Taylor Racing in 2021 that earned him the famed Rolex for successful the twice-around-the-clock traditional, which occurred simply 4 months previous to incomes his record-tying fourth victory within the Indianapolis 500 in a one-off – that became extra – for Meyer Shank Racing.
Even with a full-time return to the IndyCar Sequence the earlier two years, Castroneves continued to compete in choose IMSA rounds, which included discovering Victory Lane each occasions on the 3.56-mile street course at Daytona.
Coming into 2024, he takes on a partial possession position at Meyer Shank Racing – which isn’t competing in IMSA this 12 months – whereas additionally lowering his full-time dedication to strictly a one-off as he hunts for a document fifth Indy 500 win.
In the meantime, Tom Blomqvist, who Castroneves teamed with every the previous two years in IMSA, might be taking over a full-time rookie marketing campaign within the IndyCar Sequence with MSR. Moreover, although, the Briton may even function a co-driver for sports activities automobile endurance rounds with Action Express Racing, together with Datyona.
Simply because there are much less probabilities behind the wheel, although, doesn’t imply the need to compete for Castroneves has diminished.
Removed from it.
As a three-time defending winner at Daytona, the 48-year-old was dejected to not get a chance to chase a fourth victory that may tie him with Pedro Rodríguez, Bob Wollek, Peter Gregg and Rolf Stommelen.
Probably the most profitable drivers in occasion historical past are Hurley Haywood and Scott Pruett with 5 wins apiece.
“Dissatisfied, to be sincere,” Castroneves mentioned.
“I positively would have preferred to defend the race win and tried to go 4 in a row.
“However I am glad that I’ve rather a lot on my plate, as properly, on the similar time with MSR, though MSR shouldn’t be within the sports activities automobile program. We’re working laborious to return again within the close to future.
“However yeah, I want everybody an ideal race and good luck for positive.”
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