Helio Castroneves was one of the highlights of the São Paulo Indy 300 this past Sunday, April 29th on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. After an unfortunate accident during Saturday’s practice, which landed him a 20 place start, the Team Penske driver adopted a bold strategy allowing him to pass and finish the fourth race of the season in fourth place.
The fourth place finish results keeps Helio in second place in the point standings, being only behind Will Power, the Australian who is Helio’s teammate, won the Brazil race for the third time in a row. Power has 180 points, while Helio has 135.
After starting the race with caution, Helio maintained a steady rhythm and a three-stop strategy. This additional time used during the pits, was offset by speed and gaining of positions on the track and efficiency by the mechanics during the stops. For the three time Indy 500 champion it was a 4th place finish with a taste of victory.
“I mentioned before and will emphasize again, that the curb’s at the “S” of Samba are too high. If it was not for this issue, I might have avoided the accident on Saturday, which affected my performance in qualifying.” said Castroneves who then concluded that: “The results allowed me to celebrate for all the good moments. I started so far back, avoided all the accidents, and was able to maintain a strong and steady pace, and my team was amazing in the pits”.
Photo by Steve Swope