Hitachi sponsorship shifts to Helio at Team Penske

Team Penske’s sponsorship deal with Hitachi will now move over to Helio Castroneves’ No. 3 machine next season.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner will carry the Hitachi branding at nine IZOD IndyCar Series events in 2013: St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo, Iowa, Pocono, Sonoma, and the doubleheaders at Detroit and Toronto.

Hitachi branding ran with Ryan Briscoe’s No. 2 entry last season in multiple events, but the Australian currently is searching for a potential new home as one of the bigger free agents in the IndyCar paddock. Reports so far this off-season have linked the Sydney native with several teams, chief among them being Rahal Letterman Lanigan, which recently landed Graham Rahal’s services in a multi-year agreement.