Castroneves, a four-time Indianapolis 500 champion, is working a partial schedule within the six-race Famous person Racing Expertise (SRX) Collection this summer time and new collection CEO Don Hawk had instructed him if he gained a race, he’d get him a journey within the Daytona 500.
Castroneves wasted no time fulfilling his finish of the discount, successful in his first collection look final weekend in Pensacola, Fla.
And now it seems Hawk might be true to his phrase.
On a convention name Thursday selling this weekend’s SRX race at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Hawk stated after Castroneves’ SRX win, he went proper to work on fulfilling his promise.
“I really took just a little day off to be with my household Sunday. I did all I might do within the store with SRX on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday however my aspect job was representing Mr. Castroneves,” he stated.
“Telephone calls have been happening. The ball is rolling and when he will get up right here (this weekend), he’ll know just a little extra. However we’re not able to say an entire lot publicly.”
Later within the name, Hawk added: “All of it is determined by how this all rolls out as as to if we’re going to take a look at a couple of (NASCAR) race or elective races. The intention initially was he actually wished to run the Daytona 500 and if not, a ‘crown jewel’ (race).
“So, we’re actually going to attempt to make the Daytona 500 work.”
Helio’s NASCAR dream
Castroneves, 47, stated he welcomed the prospect to compete in NASCAR as he has tried new motorsport ventures in recent times.
“I drove for therefore a few years with Roger Penske and I used to be not capable of get a (NASCAR) alternative there and as soon as now I had a possibility in my contract, then why not? Why not strive issues that I by no means did,” he stated.
“So, now I’m making an attempt SRX, IMSA, IndyCar and it might be very pure to strive one thing that I’ve all the time (wished), which was NASCAR, so I do know it will likely be nice. I do know it will likely be powerful however, hey, who is aware of?
“You by no means know what to anticipate and I don’t know as a result of I have not drove one. However I need to do the Daytona 500 for positive.”
The SRX collection continues this Saturday at South Boston. Becoming a member of Castroneves within the race this weekend are native ringer Peyton Sellers, Tony Stewart, Marco Andretti, Greg Biffle, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Paul Tracy, Michael Waltrip, Ernie Francis Jr. and Tony Kanaan.
The race begins at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and can stream reside on Paramount+.