(CBS Native)- Race week is lastly right here. The Celebrity Racing Expertise begins on Saturday, June 12 at Stafford Speedway in Connecticut. Among the many drivers set to take the monitor for the primary time within the new automobiles is that this 12 months’s Indy 500 winner, Helio Castroneves.
“I’m an enormous fan of this format and I consider it’s going to be nice for everybody,” Castroneves stated to reporters on a media name Monday.
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The 46-year-old Castroneves has raced simply twice this 12 months and he’s come away a winner in each first taking the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier than successful at Indy. The Brazilian driver made mild of that file on Wednesday saying he’ll must proceed that successful streak in SRX.
“Wow, I must sustain the rating or the proportion in any other case I’ll be in hassle. As they are saying, ‘oh you’re a veteran you are able to do it’. I do know I’m a veteran however I’m nonetheless studying,” Castroneves stated. “It’s going to be the primary time that I’m working one of these automobiles on completely completely different tracks and it is going to be attention-grabbing to see. I’m enthusiastic about SRX.”
After his win at Indy, Castroneves taking to the monitor in SRX brings a good larger highlight to the brand new collection than earlier than. Followers already curious to see how the drivers will carry out and what the automobiles will seem like on these tracks now even have an opportunity to see how the reigning Indy 500 champ adapts.
“We stored wanting on the automotive that must do lots of various things… I did not actually wish to reinvent the wheel. I wished to make use of lots of items that have been already confirmed from different sorts of automobiles.”@SRXRacing Co-Creator @RayEvernham reveals the making of the SRX automotive. pic.twitter.com/XkzIevKXu2
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“Profitable the Indy 500 introduced lots of consideration and I’m very comfortable and with a brand new collection beginning we’re going to have lots of consideration with that. More than pleased to reveal that,” Castroneves stated. “We’re speaking about wonderful former champions that did unimaginable in motorsports racing towards one another. It’s as a result of we’re all captivated with racing that we’re all doing this.”
Whereas Castroneves is a reigning champ, he’s not the one driver with championship pedigree that will likely be battling it out at Stafford on Saturday. Co-founder Tony Stewart is joined by Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Willy T. Ribbs, and Castroneves’ countryman Tony Kanaan and several other others. Castroneves stated that whereas all the drivers could also be pleasant off the monitor, as soon as issues get going, followers will see that aggressive nature return shortly.
“Although we’re buddies and we possibly chill out a bit of bit now, as quickly as you set the helmet on, belief me, there is no such thing as a friendship. We’re going to go for it. And I consider that’s the place you’re going to see the actual racing. They’re going to have nice leisure that’s for certain,” Castroneves stated.
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The engines hearth up this Saturday, June 12 for the inaugural SRX race at Stafford Speedway with CBS Tv Community airing protection of the race at 8 p.m. Japanese Time and streaming on Paramount+.