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Castroneves pays tribute to de Ferran: “We had lots of good moments”

Speaking in a pre-season news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Castroneves opened up about his loss – as he himself transitions from being a full-time IndyCar driver to a team co-owner with Meyer Shank Racing in 2024. “Yeah, I sort of lost my consultant, my advisor in being a team owner,” an emotional Castroneves said as

Castroneves pays tribute to de Ferran: “We had lots of good moments”

Talking in a pre-season information convention at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Castroneves opened up about his loss – as he himself transitions from being a full-time IndyCar driver to a crew co-owner with Meyer Shank Racing in 2024.

“Yeah, I kind of misplaced my guide, my advisor in being a crew proprietor,” an emotional Castroneves stated as he fought again his tears. “Actually we will miss him for positive.

“My recollections with Gil is from the start of our period with Crew Penske, [it] was us having our first assembly, which took us about an hour and 45 minutes, which suggests Gil was [talking for] an hour and 40, and mine was 5 minutes.

“Actually, his persona was utterly completely different than mine. Although he is attempting to be humorous, which he wasn’t humorous, turned humorous. He was a type of guys – large coronary heart, very, very intense, unimaginable data, and yeah, we had lots of good moments, myself, Gil and [Team Penske president Tim] Cindric.

“We had been referred to as the Three Musketeers. Nothing might cease us.”

Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran

Picture by: Walt Kuhn / Motorsport Images

Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran

Castroneves and de Ferran teamed up at Crew Penske in 2000 and from then till de Ferran’s IndyCar retirement in 2003, the duo scored 20 race wins and 25 pole positions between them, with de Ferran claiming back-to-back CART championships in 2000 and 2001.

Castroneves turned the primary driver to win the Indianapolis 500 in his first two begins (2001 and 2002), and de Ferran received the 2003 version of ‘The Best Spectacle in Racing’ to make it three in a row at Indy for Crew Penske.

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“For positive there was lots of recollections,” added Castroneves. “He is the primary man or first individual truly that shut in my life that isn’t going to be with me or with us anymore.

“However yeah, we have simply acquired to maintain it going, and I am positive he’s up there proper now redesigning the gates of heaven, so attempting to make a modernized [version] or electrical or no matter it’s. I am positive he is having enjoyable up there.”

Castroneves stopped competing full-time in IndyCar on the finish of final yr, as MSR modifications its line-up to area Tom Blomqvist and Felix Rosenqvist in 2024, however will proceed his bid to develop into the first-ever five-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Could 26.

“The brand new function will probably be very attention-grabbing, a studying curve with MSR,” he stated of his new association. “We’re working already intensively, our group. At MSR, lots of the folks from [IMSA] sportscars ended up being on my aspect for the third Indy automobile.

“The final two 500s mainly had been attention-grabbing. I felt that we labored properly as a crew however sadly weren’t in a position to execute with velocity. We did not discover what we’re in search of, and I really feel that now we’re undoubtedly heading in the right direction, which I am very joyful to say.”

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