Indy 500 Drivers to Watch

Helio Castroneves
Text: Bruce Martin,
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Helio Castroneves

The Team Penske driver is attempting to become the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. Castroneves hit Victory Lane in his first two attempts in 2001 and 2002, and his third win in 2009 was emotional because it came one month after he was acquitted of tax evasion charges. Castroneves, who drove to victory in the season-opening race at St. Petersburg on March 25, is one of the most popular drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series and became a mainstream name when he won Dancing with the Stars in 2007. While the likeable Brazilian always has a smile on his face for the fans he is a fierce competitor on the track and is currently second in the series points standings trailing teammate Will Power by 45 points. He has three wins, five podiums (top three), five top-five and nine top-10 finishes 11 Indianapolis 500 starts. If Castroneves scores his fourth Indy 500 win he would join legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only drivers to accomplish that. He is also the only non-American three-time Indy 500 winner. Castroneves starts on the outside of Row 2 after qualifying sixth with a four-lap average of 225.172 mph on Pole Day.

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