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Helio Castroneves' IndyCar career ending with move to Acura Team Penske sports car program


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.

With the move, Penske will decrease its IndyCar full-time entries from four to three. In addition to the Indianapolis 500, Castroneves also will do the IndyCar road-course race at Indianapolis as part of a four-car Penske effort, team owner Roger Penske said during a teleconference Wednesday.

Penske said Montoya will not compete for the team in the Indianapolis 500. Montoya, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is free to look for rides with other teams for the event, Penske said.

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.

ESPN's Bob Pockrass and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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