Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will continue to drive in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) in the 2023 season, team officials announced Friday, Aug. 19.
Castroneves, from Brazil, will continue to drive the No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda. He will join current teammate and fellow Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda, in MSR’s driver lineup for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
“I’m so excited that myself and Meyer Shank Racing have renewed for 2023,” Castroneves said. “I’m super optimistic for an amazing season because of everything we have built this season - all the positive data and positive energy. I can’t thank Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) enough and, of course, all of our partners.
“There is no question that we are all super excited to continue this amazing partnership. Simon and I are going to do everything we can to finish this season strong and then have a good start to 2023 and some even better results.”
Castroneves first joined MSR for a six-race campaign in the 2021 season. The first race of the season for MSR and Castroneves as a team – the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge – exceeded all expectations as the Castroneves raced to a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory 12 years after his previous “500” win in 2009.
The win was also the first INDYCAR SERIES victory for Ohio-based MSR, which made its series debut in 2017.
Castroneves has 31 victories and 50 INDYCAR SERIES pole positions, both among the top 10 in history.
“Keeping Helio onboard wasn’t really a question for us,” Shank said. “We’ve built a really strong relationship with him over these last two seasons.
“He brings so much to the table, on and off the track. He’s been able to help us grow as a team, and we've been able to learn from his years of experience. It’s truly a mutually beneficial relationship. And, of course, he’s a perfect face of the sport and has such an infectious personality, so to have him on our team is an honor.”