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Q+A [HELIO CASTRONEVES]
Richard Deitsch
May 26, 2003
The 28-year-old Brazilian driver, nicknamed Spider-Man for his fence-climbing victory celebrations, is the two-time defending Indy 500 champ.
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May 26, 2003

Q+a [helio Castroneves]

The 28-year-old Brazilian driver, nicknamed Spider-Man for his fence-climbing victory celebrations, is the two-time defending Indy 500 champ.

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SI: You started crawling up the chain-link fence three years ago in Detroit after winning your first CART race. What prompted that?

Castroneves: When I crossed the checkered flag for the first time, I was so happy and I wasn't thinking straight. Not that I think all the time straight, anyway. When I climbed the fence, it was a pure expression of emotion and happiness.

SI: Have you seen Spider-Man?

Castroneves: Yes, of course. I loved it. I have a poster from the director in my office with a note: "Thanks for letting us borrow the Spidey name."

SI: You've raced two times at Indianapolis and you've won both times. What's your secret?

Castroneves: Maybe I am smarter than the other guys, huh? It's just been a matter of being at the right time in the right place.

SI: Why does Brazil produce so many supermodels?

Castroneves: It must be the water. The women have fantastic good looks. They have everything in place. Right butt. Right breast. Right everything.

SI: Do you have any interest in trying out another circuit, be it Formula One or NASCAR?

Castroneves: I'm doing IROC, which is fun. If I have an opportunity for Formula One, why not?

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