Helio Castroneves leaving IndyCar to join Team Penke’s IMSA team

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 09: Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will move to Team Penske’s sports car program next season, bringing his 20-year full-time IndyCar career to an end.

Castroneves will still drive for Penske at the Indianapolis 500.

But, he’ll join Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and a driver yet to be identified in the two-car Acura Team Penske program that will race next year in the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Penske has not set pairings for each car, or named additional drivers for endurance races.

Castroneves will race this weekend with Montoya and Simon Pagenaud at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

The Brazilian has been expected to be moved to Penske’s sports car program all year. He’s spent 18 seasons with Penske and has 30 IndyCar wins and 50 pole positions.