No driver was more visible on Sunday than de Ferran. After he struggled to lift himself out of his car in Victory Lane, the tears rolled down his face. Then, reprising Castroneves's hallmark Spider-Man celebration, de Ferran and the runner-up scaled the fence that separates the Brickyard stands from the track. Ninety minutes later the two friends stood on a catwalk some 40 feet above the stands as a crush of fans called out their names. That's when Castroneves leaned into de Ferran and asked, "Why did you cry when you won?"
After looking up into the gray sky for a moment, de Ferran replied, "I guess I wanted to be like you."
On Sunday, he was.