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Helio Castroneves stole the exhibit at Five Flags Speedway on Saturday night time. In additional strategies than 1.
The four-time Indy 500 champion gained the time-opening Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event in Pensacola, Florida, even although he was not entered in it till the working day ahead of.
SRX is an all-star sequence scheduled to operate six functions this summer featuring drivers from distinct disciplines, which includes NASCAR and IndyCar, competing in identically ready inventory vehicles on short oval tracks.
Castroneves raced in SRX previous yr when he was operating a component-time IndyCar program and resolved this 7 days that he required to race at Five Flags, but explained to Racing America that no a person was responding to his messages, so on Friday he just decided to head to the track.
“I acquired my have ticket, I got every little thing prepared to go, and when I was on the airplane I asked Ashely [SRX’s director of operations] what time I must be to the monitor, she’s like, ‘oh, you’re not intended to be listed here,’ Castroneves stated.
“So I was like, ‘I’m previously on the airplane,’ she’s like, ‘hold on.’ I landed, it can be like, ‘I bought a automobile for you and every thing else.’ So all of a unexpected I get in this article and everyone’s like, ‘what are you performing right here?’ But it was form of like funny.”
Castroneves won the major occasion by a extensive margin around Bubba Pollard, a local driver who attained a seat in a car or truck SRX reserves for hometown heroes from lower collection at each race, whilst veteran NASCAR driver Ryan Newman concluded third in his to start with SRX start.
It seems like Castroneves gained extra than the race, nonetheless. He claimed he and SRX CEO Don Hawk had a guess that if he gained a race this time Hawk would assist him secure a Cup Series car for up coming year’s Daytona 500.
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Castroneves has hardly ever raced in NASCAR, but would be vying to grow to be just the third driver to get the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, along with A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.