Castroneves has been drafted in to the #7 Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet to sub for Oliver Askew who has not been cleared to drive by the IndyCar Medical Team after suffering imbalance issues, believed to be a legacy of concussion from his heavy Indianapolis 500 shunt.
For Castroneves, whose Team Penske contract ends at the conclusion of his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign in the Acura ARX-05, this morning’s practice session was his first outing in an IndyCar on a roadcourse since taking part in May 2019’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Tomorrow’s Race 1 of the Harvest GP double-header will also be his first race in an IndyCar not entered by Team Penske since the final race of 1999, his sophomore season, when he competed for Hogan Racing.
Castroneves ended this afternoon’s 75-min practice session 23rd of the 25 entrants, one second slower than fulltime AMSP driver Patricio O’Ward, although the results were inconclusive due to the interrupted running on Firestone’s softer-compound due to a red flag.
Brown was asked by NBC Sports what he wished to see from Castroneves, who is regarding the weekend as an audition for a possible full-time return to IndyCar in 2021. The McLaren CEO responded: “Helio’s obviously a great champion. Having run two young drivers, it will be good to…