Helio Castroneves’ RallyX on Ice weekend was “so much more fun and so much more difficult” than he thought it would be.
Following in the tracks of Team Penske teammates Austin Cindric and Josef Newgarden, Castroneves traveled to Gol, Norway to drive a Penske-liveried Supercar Lites mount in the RallyX on Ice season finale. While he missed the semifinals, it was still quite an experience.
“What an incredible experience!” Castroneves gushed. “The organizers did an amazing job, and I want to thank everybody involved in putting the event together – it’s been phenomenal, even if conditions like that are a little out-of-the-ordinary for a Florida-based Brazilian!
“I was expecting to slide around a lot and obviously to have a good time, but it definitely exceeded my expectations – it’s so much more fun and so much more difficult than I’d anticipated.
“You’ve got to accelerate more when the car is sliding so that the studs in the tyres stick to the snow and ice, and everything for me was the opposite to what I’ve learned throughout my career – if you want to turn left, you have to turn right and vice-versa, and my mind couldn’t quite compute that in the limited time available.
“As an IndyCar-turned-sports car driver, I’d say that was the hardest part for me, and there were a few snow bank ‘moments’ along the way. I think I actually had my first ‘off’ at the same place as Josef did on the practice day – I’m just glad that the snow is much softer than the Indianapolis wall!
“I’ll tell you one thing – these drivers are amazingly talented, and they were all very open when it came to sharing information with me, too, which I appreciated. I just had a blast – so much fun. I’d love to come back and take another shot at it someday…”