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WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK - AUGUST 21: Kimi Raikkonen, driver of the #91 Recogni Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 21, 2022 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Helio Castroneves to run NASCAR race? UPDATE

Update: Adam Stern from Sports Business Journal reports that a deal is getting closer for Hélio Castroneves to compete in next year’s Daytona 500.

Trackhouse Racing’s PROJECT91 program and The Money Team Racing’s No. 50 Chevrolet are viable options for Castroneves, should he attempt to qualify for the Great American Race.

Original Post (6-20-2022): Hélio Castroneves was not originally scheduled to compete in the Superstar Racing Experience opener at Five Flags Speedway on Saturday night but left with the trophy anyway.

More importantly, the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner also left the Florida Gulf Coast with the promise of something else he has wanted for well over a decade … a NASCAR opportunity.

Backstory: When Castroneves returned to full-time NTT IndyCar Series competition this spring, it meant he couldn’t run the full SRX campaign, but new league CEO Donald Hawk really wanted to keep him in the mix as frequently as possible.

So, they cut a deal in January: Run as many races as he could, and if Castroneves could win one of them, Hawk would call upon his vast NASCAR connections to get him in a car at Daytona in exchange.

Deal.

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