Helio Castroneves will be back in IndyCar full-time in 2022. Will he become Mr. 5-time?
Fresh off his fourth Indy 500 win, Castroneves will drive No. 06 AutoNation/ SiriusXM Honda up for Meyer Shank Racing next season, the team announced Thursday. MSR also announced Jack Harvey will not return to the team in 2022 in the No. 60 car.
“I am thrilled to get the chance to go for a fifth Indianapolis 500 win, and so excited to fight for the IndyCar championship again with a full season of races next year with Meyer Shank Racing,” Castroneves said in a statement. “... I have been missing racing in IndyCar full time so much! So I cannot wait to get a head start on next year with some strong races to finish this season.”
Castroneves, racing part-time for Meyer Shank this May, joined rarified air when he became just the fourth four-time winner of the Indy 500, a feat matched by only Rick Mears, Al Unser Sr. and A.J. Foyt.
The four were gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week.
“These guys, they’ve been the standard of Indianapolis, with the four wins. I’ve always been looking after those guys, and for me, I just can’t believe it,” Castroneves said. “When I’m with them, it blows my mind away. They helped me set the goals I really pushed for."
The 46-year-old Brazilian will go for a record-breaking fifth Indy 500 title next May.