Helio Castroneves in second Meyer Shank Racing ride full time for 2022; Jack Harvey out

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Helio Castroneves will join Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) fulltime in the 2022 IndyCar season and contend for a record-setting fifth Indy 500 victory. For each of the past four seasons, Castroneves has run three or fewer races, but made the most of his single attempt in 2021 so far by winning his fourth Indy 500 in a part time, No. 06 entry for MSR.

In 2022, the No. 06 will become MSR’s second full-time entry.

“Drive for Five” is the 2022 theme as MSR and sponsors AutoNation and SiriusXM focus their attention on making history.

“I am thrilled to get the chance to go for a fifth Indianapolis 500 win, and so excited to fight for the IndyCar championship again with a full season of races next year with Meyer Shank Racing,” said Castroneves in a release. “Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) have developed some incredible sponsorships with AutoNation and SiriusXM, and having that support is critical. I have been missing racing in IndyCar full time so much! So I cannot wait to get a head start on next year with some strong races to finish this season.”

Castroneves last fulltime season came in 2017 with Roger Penske. He won one race at Iowa Speedway that season, his last before the 2021 Indy 500 victory, and finished fourth in the points. From 2018 through 2020, Castroneves continued to race with Team Penske part time.

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Castroneves hoped the 500 win would result in more starts, but was unable to secure a ride for any additional races through 10 races of 2021.

MSR also announced that the No. 60 Honda will continue fulltime in 2022, but Jack Harvey will not return as the driver. Harvey’s best finish in 10 races this season was a fourth at St. Petersburg. He finished seventh the following week in the first of two races held at Texas Motor Speedway, but has not cracked the top 15 since and sits 14th in championship points.

The new driver for the No. 60 will be announced at a later date.

“We wish Jack much success and we know he will continue to be a driver to watch,” said Shank. “MSR is excited to have Helio on the 06 car next season and we’re looking forward to adding a driver, who will turn heads in the 60 car.”

In 42 IndyCar races, MSR has collected an Indianapolis 500 victory, two podiums, two-front row starts, and 12 top-10 finishes.

“There are so many people around us that have given us the opportunity to expand to two full-season entries for next year,” said Shank. “My partner Jim Meyer and I have done this in a way that makes sense for us. I am very excited to have Helio onboard for the 2022 season and I think there will be a lot of excitement around our second driver when we make that announcement as well.”

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Helio Castroneves became the fourth four-time winner of the Indy 500, winning the 105th edition in the No. 06 Dallara-Honda (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

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