Verizon IndyCar Series - Helio Castroneves

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Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport
36th
2nd
Will Power Team Penske
Helio Castroneves
Helio  Castroneves
Team Penske
  • 3
  • Brazil
1st
Graham Rahal
Driver Info
Graham Rahal
All-Time Career Statistics - Verizon IndyCar Series
  • Championship
    0
  • Indy 500 Wins
    3
  • Total Poles
    40
  • Race Wins
    29
3
Biography of Helio Castroneves

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 275 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 list.

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."

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start: March 18, 2001 (Phoenix International Raceway)
First victory: May 27, 2001 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
First pole: March 17, 2002 (Phoenix International Raceway)

2013
• Finished second in IndyCar Series standings.
• Recorded victory at Texas along with five other top-five and 15 other top-10 finishes.
• Earned pole at Iowa and started from pole at Houston 2 based on entrant points.
• Led seven race for total of 239 laps.
• Was running at the finish in all 19 races.

2012
• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
• Recorded wins at St. Petersburg and Edmonton.
• Posted 12 top-10 finishes overall, most of any driver.
• Earned pole start at Barber.

2011
• Finished 11th in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
• Recorded best start and finish of second at Edmonton.
• Posted top-10 finishes in four consecutive mid-season oval races.

2010
• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
• Recorded three victories (Barber, Kentucky, Motegi) and nine top-five finishes overall.
• Win at Barber extended series record to 10 seasons in a row with victory.
• Only driver to finish in top 10 in first six races of season.
• Became series career laps leader (3,488) en route to victory at Motegi.

2009
• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske despite missing season opener.
• Recorded two victories, including the ninth driver to win the Indianapolis 500 three or more times.
• Won at least one race for ninth consecutive season and won race from pole for eighth consecutive season.
• DNF at Richmond was first since Belle Isle in 2007.

2008
• Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
• Won at Infineon and Chicagoland, where he set series record for driver to start from farthests back (28th) to win.
• Recorded series-record eight runner-up finishes, and finished in the top five in 15 races.
• Extended series-record streak of consecutive seasons with a pole start to seven at Nashville. Won three poles overall, including career 25th at Mid-Ohio.
• Infineon victory set series record for consecutive seasons with a victory (eight).

2007
• Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with victory at St. Petersburg.
• Recorded six top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes.
• Won pole for the Indianapolis 500.
• Set IndyCar Series record with seven poles (St. Petersburg, Motegi, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Belle Isle).

2006
• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with four victories and five earned pole positions.
• Won at St. Petersburg, Motegi, Texas and Michigan.
• Recorded nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
• Won consecutive pole positions at Milwaukee, Michigan and Kentucky and earned pole positions at Watkins Glen and Richmond based on practice speed.
• Also started on pole at Motegi, when lineup was set by points.

2005
• Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with victory at Richmond International Raceway.
• Recorded eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
• Led eight races for 230 laps.
• Earned pole positions at Pikes Peak and Watkins Glen

2004
• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings with a victory at Texas2. Scored six top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
• Earned five MBNA Pole Awards (Richmond, Nazareth, Chicagoland, California, Texas2) and tied Billy Boat's 1998 record of four consecutive pole victories. 

2003
• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings with race victories at Gateway and Nazareth. Scored nine top-five finishes, tying him with three other drivers for most top fives.
• Earned three pole positions (Indianapolis, Gateway, California) and 11 top-10 finishes.
• Captured MBNA Pole for Indianapolis 500, becoming the first back-to-back "500" winner to win the pole for his attempt to win three in a row. Finished second in the race, making his results of first, first, second in his first three starts at Indianapolis the best of any driver in "500" history. 

2002
• Won second consecutive Indianapolis 500 in Marlboro Team Penske entry, becoming the fifth driver to win consecutive races at Indianapolis and the first to do so since Al Unser in 1970-71. First driver in Indianapolis 500 history to win race in each of his first two starts.
• Finished second in point standings in first full season of IndyCar Series competition, scoring wins at Indianapolis and Phoenix. Won MBNA Pole at Phoenix. Scored seven top-three finishes, 12 top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. 

2001
• Won Indianapolis 500 by 1.7373 seconds over Marlboro Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran. Led final 52 laps after starting 11th.
• Delivered 11th Indianapolis 500 victory to team owner Roger Penske.
• Started 17th, finished 18th at Phoenix in only other IndyCar Series start.

ROAD TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2001
• Finished career-best fourth in CART standings with Marlboro Team Penske, winning from the pole at Long Beach and Detroit. Also won race at Mid-Ohio and pole at Motegi.

2000
• Earned three victories (Detroit, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca), three poles and finished seventh in CART point standings in first year with Marlboro Team Penske.
• First career CART victory came at Detroit.

1999
• Finished 15th in CART point standings in first season with Hogan Racing.
• Earned first career pole at Milwaukee.

1998
• Finished second in CART Rookie of the Year standings driving for Bettenhausen Motorsports.
• Led 37 laps, best among rookies.

1997
• Finished second in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights championship by four points.
• Earned Indy Lights victories at Long Beach, Savannah and Toronto. Won four Indy Lights pole positions.

1996
• Finished seventh in first Indy Lights season driving for Tasman Motorsports.
• Earned first career Indy Lights victory from the pole at Trois Rivieres.

1995
• Finished third in British Formula 3 championship driving for Paul Stewart Racing with victory at Donington Park.

1994
• Finished second in the Brazilian Formula 3 championship with four victories. Recorded four poles.
• Raced in British Formula 3 series.

1993
• Finished second in South American Formula 3 championship with four wins and three poles.

1992
• Finished second in Brazilian Formula Vauxhall championship.

Early Career
• Competed in kart racing, winning a Brazilian national title and racing in the World Cup Go-Kart championship in Europe.

Driver Photos
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 1 2 7 10 241 13
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 1 1 6 16 239 19
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 2 1 5 12 265 15
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 3 7 34 16
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 3 2 9 15 244 15
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 1 7 10 187 12
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 2 3 15 15 561 17
2007 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 7 6 11 480 12
2006 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 4 5 9 12 450 12
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 2 8 11 230 12
2004 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 5 6 13 505 16
2003 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 3 9 11 424 13
2002 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 2 1 12 14 351 15
2001 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 1 0 1 1 56 1
2001 CART 20 3 3 6 10 411 17
2000 CART 20 3 3 6 11 372 12
1999 CART 20 0 1 2 6 126 7
1998 CART 19 0 0 1 5 37 9
Total 291 29 40 118 190 5213 233
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Team Penske

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 Racing has earned 22 national championships, including 12 in Indy car racing.

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 IZOD IndyCar Series championship in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

Drivers who have competed in Penske Racing open-wheel cars in CART and the IZOD 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, Castroneves, Hornish, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, and Juan Pablo Montoya.