Helio Castroneves is a three-time winner of the
So the 38-year-old Brazilian who drives for
"That's the goal, and [winning] the Indy 500 [again]," Castroneves said Friday during a visit to Yorba Linda, where he filmed a safe-driving commercial for auto-club sponsor
"Unfortunately [the title] escaped from our hands [last year] but what are you going to do?" Castroneves said. "It's over, it's yesterday's news."
Castroneves was poised to win the championship with three races left in the season. But he lost his point lead after his car had mechanical problems in a double-header in Houston.
Then, at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, he was unable to close the gap on Scott Dixon, who won this third series title.
Castroneves said he expects to get additional help this year with input from his new teammate,
"I guarantee he's going to succeed," Castroneves said of Montoya. "He's going to be fast. He's committed."
But another rival won't be returning: Four-time series champion Dario Franchitti, who retired from his driving career after suffering serious injuries in one of the Houston races.
Castroneves said he would miss racing against Franchitti because "a strong competitor makes you better."
The IndyCar season opens March 30 with a street race in