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"Let's go to Le Mans!" Castroneves tells Shank after Rolex 24 win

The four-time Indy 500 winner has his eyes set on the French enduro...
Photo: Levitt/Acura

Speaking in the post-race press conference, minutes after spraying the champagne and collecting his second Rolex watch in two years, the Brazilian made public his interest in taking on the biggest 24 hour race of them all.

"Mike, let's go to Le Mans. Let's go!" exclaimed the four-time Indy 500 winner.

"I'd love to [go to Le Mans]. I've never been there. I would love to try obviously.

"Since I moved to IMSA Daytona was my goal to win. And being at Le Mans, unfortunately with the clash of schedules I wasn't able to do it."

Responding to Helio's comments, MSR team owner Mike Shank, who celebrated his first overall victory in IMSA since Petit Le Mans 2016, showed interest in making the summer trip to France.

"For sure we want to go," explained Shank, "It's up to Honda and Acura and HPD.

"They're our corporate partner. When they're ready to go, we're going."

Photo: FIA WEC

2023 marks the first opportunity for the MSR name to return to Le Mans with Acura's ARX-06 LMDh/GTP car eligible for competition at La Sarthe in the Hypercar class.

It's almost guaranteed that if Acura/Honda/HPD wish to enter Le Mans, that Wayne Taylor Racing and MSR would be the names on the garages. Shank does also have experience at Le Mans, competing in the 2016 event with a Ligier JS-P2 Honda piloted by John Pew, Oswaldo Negri Jr., and 2018 GTE PRO winner Laurens Vanthoor.

Photo: Kevin Decherf

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