Castroneves ‘Not Retired,’ Excited about Shift into Ownership

Meyer Shank Racing co-owner Michael Shank ran through a host of Helio Castroneves’ motorsports attributes last week, and they went beyond the driving superlatives that have been on display in North American racing for three-plus decades. Castroneves, 48, made it clear that his attention to driving race cars will not cease with this new role. Castroneves will be a candidate for sports car driving duties if the team can secure a manufacturer to continue in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as it seeks a third consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona title and additional season championships. “I want to be very clear: I am not retiring, OK?” Castroneves said. “Obviously, the main focus is INDYCAR in my role (with) different hats and also (trying to win Indy). One of Castroneves’ MSR duties will be to help acclimate sports car ace Tom Blomqvist to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Castroneves joked that only their professional relationship has changed – he wants to be called “boss,” a request the 29-year-old Blomqvist has already followed through. “Remember, this isn’t a charity business,” Shank said. Castroneves knows MSR has gains to make on the top NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams. “Jokes aside, we do have a lot of work ahead of us,” Castroneves said.

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