Friday, April 17, 2009
Helio Castroneves is on his way to Long Beach.
The IndyCar Series driver was acquitted earlier in the day on tax evasion charges. Penske Racing was awaiting his arrival in Long Beach sometime in the afternoon. Castroneves will be back in his No. 3 car for the race.
“His best medicine will be to get back in a race car,” said Penske Racing president Tim Cindric. “His focus and his concentration are among the best. It will be like riding a bike for him.”
Penske Racing will have three cars in the Grand Prix of Long Beach with Ryan Briscoe and Will Power in the other two cars.
Power appears to be the odd-driver out. There are no plans at the moment to expand Penske Racing to a three-car team for the rest of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Power will race in Long Beach and the Indianapolis 500 for Penske. There is a race at Kansas Speedway between Long Beach and the Indy 500 in May, but there are no plans to have Power race at Kansas, said Cindric.