Helio Castroneves became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 two years in a row (2001-02) since Al Unser won in 1970 and 1971, and only the fifth driver in Indianapolis 500 history to win in consecutive appearances. At the age of 27, Castroneves became the youngest driver to win the race twice and the only driver ever to win in his first two attempts.
He added a third Indy 500 title in 2009.
His trademark fence climb after each win has set the standard for victory celebrations in all forms of motorsports. Castroneves has made more than 290 Indy car starts, and is the Verizon IndyCar Series career lap leader. He is in the top five of the all-time Indy car pole winner and second-place finishes lists.
His charm and passion for the sport make Castroneves a driver that most everyone enjoys being around. A "Dancing With the Stars" champion and contestant on "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars," he has been a longtime correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight."
Roger Penske has been racing and winning in the United States since 1958 and has scored victories in every series in which he has competed.
Penske was one of America's most successful young road racers before he retired from driving in 1965 to focus on his business interests. He fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring before joining forces with driver Mark Donohue to race in the USRRC and Can-Am sports car series. Penske Racing found success early with Donohue, winning two consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA Trans-Am championships.
Penske Racing and Donohue moved into Indy car racing by racing in two USAC-sanctioned road races in 1968. In 1969, the team entered the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, and Donohue finished seventh, earning Rookie of the Year honors.
Since then, a Penske Racing car has been in Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 15 times -- most recently in 2009 with Helio Castroneves -- and won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr. and 2014 with Will Power.
Drivers who have competed in Penske Racing cars in CART and the Verizon IndyCar Series include Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Al Unser Jr., Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran, Gary Bettenhausen, Paul Tracy, Andre Ribiero, Ryan Briscoe, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.