Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who finished fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings this season, will join Tony Kanaan and Rubens Barrichello in competing in the Copa Caixa Stock Car season finale Dec. 9 at Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil.
Castroneves will drive for Shell Racing in the No. 3 car. Valdeno Brito will be his teammate.
"... it certainly will be a great experience," said Castroneves, who was co-owner of the NasrCastroneves Racing that competed in the Brazilian Stock Car V8 Championship.
This past weekend, Kanaan finished 19th in the penultimate series race at Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasília. He teamed up with Raphael Matos (23rd place) for Bassani Racing. Barrichello who competed for Medley Full Time Sports, retired from the 41-lap race won by Max Wilson.
Both Kanaan and Barrichello, who were teammates this past season at KV Racing Technology, will donate their winnings to the Barrichello Kanaan Foundation that helps underprivileged children in Brazil.
Vitor Meira, who made 112 IZOD IndyCar Series starts over 10 seasons, finished 17th and is 22nd in the championship standings for Officer ProGP.
Viso looking to wrap up details
IZOD IndyCar Series veteran driver E.J. Viso said he's wrapping up details to partner with an existing team for the 2013 season. Viso had explored establishing his own team, but joining forces is the more prudent route given start-up costs.
"I'm looking to have things in place -- a team, engine, sponsorship -- by the end of the month," said Viso, who competed this past season for KV Racing Technology.
Tickets on sale this week for event in Houston
Tickets for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston will be on sale Nov. 13 for “Checkered Flag Club” members, while general public tickets go on sale Nov. 15.
The Checkered Flag Club is an email group for fans that will be the first to receive special ticket and event information. Individuals can join the “Checkered Flag Club” for free at www.grandprixofhouston.com/club/).
The Oct. 4-6, 2013, race weekend on the temporary street circuit will feature am IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader.Ticket information is available at grandprixofhouston.com, on Ticketmaster.com, at the Reliant Stadium South ticket windows inside Budweiser Plaza, and by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Pocono Raceway has hired Comcast-Spectacor’s Front Row Marketing to sell race title sponsorships, sign sponsors and manage sales analytics. The racetrack will host the IZOD IndyCar Series on July 7. … Simona de Silvestro of KV Racing Technology participated in the Salute to Veterans Golf Classic in Atlanta on Nov. 12. She also was a guest on “Tee’d Off” on Sirius XM Radio. … The Carmel (Ind.) High School girls cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the nation this week and winners of the Midwest Regionals, utilized a Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car for a team photo that will be included in the souvenir program at the Dec. 1 national championships in Portland, Ore.