Rumor: Penske Shaking Things Up?

Marshall Pruett of RACER Magazine is reporting that with the much anticipated announcement of Team Penske's re-entry into the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, things may be shifting on the IndyCar side as well.

Early reports suggest that former Penske full-timer and active team member Juan Pablo Montoya is a forgone conclusion to be one of the leaders of the outfit. Another driver who may join him? Helio Castroneves.

Castroneves has raced with Team Penske since the 2000 CART Season. In that span, he's collected three Indianapolis 500 wins, 29 wins, 51 poles, and 92 podium finishes. He has established himself not only as a fan favorite, but as historic IndyCar driver.

Helio Castroneves at Detroit (Photo: AP)

But that all may be coming to an end. The black mark on Helio's resume is never being able to capture a championship title, one that has eluded him his entire career. With teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in the primes of their career and newly-minted Penske driver Josef Newgarden solidly in place at the team, Castroneves appears to be on the outskirts.

The rumor floating around is that Penske may be downsizing to three cars for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Season. With Castroneves, who is now 42, clearly nearing the end of his time open-wheels, is now the chance for Roger Penske to shuffle things up?

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-Matthew Hickey