MAY 10, 1975
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
INDY 500 WINS
WINS FROM POLE
Helio Castroneves has long been considered one of the "larger than life" personalities in the Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS). Behind that dynamic and engaging persona, however, lies an ultra-talented driver who has achieved remarkable success and ranks among the legends of the sport. He will look to add to those numbers in 2017 while driving the No. 3 Hitachi/Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California/ REV Dallara/Chevrolet for Team Penske.
Consistency was the name of the game for Castroneves in 2016 as it has been throughout his stellar career. Eight top-five finishes, which ranked second only to series champion Simon Pagenaud's total of 10, in 16 outings fueled a third-place finish in the championship standings. It was his fifth consecutive top-five finish in the standings and the 13th of his INDYCAR career. Castroneves also scored a pair of Verizon P1 Pole Awards to extend his streak of two or more poles won in a season to three straight years. His season-best finish of second came on two occasions - the road course at Indianapolis and on the streets of Toronto. The native of Brazil was in the championship hunt up until the season finale and recorded 14 lead-lap finishes.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Castroneves started his career in karting before moving to the Paul Stewart Racing (PSR) team to compete in the British Formula Three Championship. While with the PSR team, Castroneves finished third in the 1995 British Formula Three standings while teaming with current Team Penske teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya.
Castroneves made the move to American open-wheel racing in 1996 to compete in the Indy Lights Series for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. In those two seasons, Castroneves picked up four wins and finished second in the championship standings in 1997. He was signed to the Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. team for the 1998 CART season where he scored a second-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile. In 1999, Castroneves competed for Hogan Racing in CART. He showed great speed throughout that season - winning the pole position at The Milwaukee Mile - but his season was plagued by many reliability issues as he finished 15th in the series standings.
Roger Penske, however, took note of the Brazilian's talent and signed Castroneves to Team Penske for the 2000 CART season. The pairing of the quick driver and the superb machines of Team Penske quickly paid dividends as Castroneves scored his first series victory at the 2000 Detroit Grand Prix in his seventh start with the team. It was after this victory that Castroneves debuted his now-famous fence climb that he does to celebrate all of his wins. Two more victories that season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Laguna Seca Raceway, respectively, propelled Castroneves to a seventh-place championship finish in his first season with Team Penske.
Castroneves competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 2001 as Team Penske ended their brief hiatus from the famous race in what would be the team's final CART season. Castroneves wasted little time in etching his name to the Borg-Warner trophy that goes to the race winner as he led 52 laps to pick up his first Indianapolis 500 Borg Warner trophy. Three CART Series wins in 2001 - including his second-consecutive wins at Detroit and Mid-Ohio - resulted in a fourth-place finish in the final standings.
In 2002, Team Penske moved to the IndyCar Series for full-time competition. That season began a streak of nine-consecutive finishes of sixth or better in the IndyCar Series point standings for Castroneves as he established himself as one of the true stars of the series. In addition, he became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 in his first two starts - and the fifth driver to win consecutive Indianapolis 500s - when he took the checkered flag in the 2002 edition of the race.
Castroneves won a race in 11 consecutive seasons from 2000-2010, including his third Indianapolis 500 crown in 2009, to become just the ninth driver to accomplish that feat. His winningest single season came in 2006 as he won four of the 14 races contested that year. Following a winless season in 2011, Castroneves won at least one race in three Consecutive seasons, finishing as series runner-up in both the 2013 and 2014 final standings.
With another successful season in 2016, Castroneves has moved even higher among the greats in INDYCAR history as he ranks fourth all-time in pole positions won with 47, tied with Team Penske legend Rick Mears and current teammate Will Power for 11th in wins with 29, fifth in laps led with 5,594, sixth in podium finishes with 90 and sixth with 132 career top-five finishes.
Castroneves resides in South Florida with his fiancée Adriana and their daughter Mikaella.
Finished 3rd in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. Captured 2 pole positions and 8 Top-Five.
Finished 5th in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. Captured 4 pole positions, and 6 Top-Five.
Finished 2nd in the Verizon Indycar Series.
Finished 2nd in the Verizon Indycar Series.
Finished 4th in the Indycar Series. Won in St. Pete (FL) and Edmonton (Canada). Cpatured 1 pole position, and finished 5 times in top-five.
Finished eleventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship. Captured 3 Top-Five, and 7 Top-Tens. Including two second place finishes, in Edmonton and Sonoma. He also completed the 200th start with Team Penske this year.
Captured his 4th Pole Position at the Indy 500. Won in Alabama, Kentucky and Japan (started from the pole). Finished 4th in the championship point stands.>
Captured his 3rd Pole position at the Indy 500, also Winning the race for the third time, becoming the only Brazilian, and sixth driver in history to win 3 times the most famous spectacle in racing. Finishes fourth in the Indycar Series Championship point standings driving the #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Win also in Texas, and another pole position in IOWA. Finished Top-Three 4 times, and Top-Five 7 times.>
Finishes second in the Indycar Series Championship point standings driving the #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda, with 629 points, only 17 behind the leader Scott Dixon. Wins at Sonoma, and Chicago (with an impressive win starting from last spot, 28th place). Won 3 pole positions, Eight 2nd place finishes, finishing Top-Three 11 times, and Top-Five 15 times.>
Finishes sixth in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings driving the #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. A win at St. Petersburg breaks Rick Mears' Penske Racing record of consecutive years with a win for the Team (8). Wins a Series-record seven pole positions at St. Petersburg, Japan, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Detroit.>
Finishes third in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings driving the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Wins at St. Petersburg, Japan, Texas and Michigan; continues record of winning at least one race a season since joining Marlboro Team Penske. Wins a series-high five pole positions at Watkins Glen, Richmond, Milwaukee, Michigan and Kentucky.>
Finishes sixth in IndyCar Series Championship driving the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota. Wins at Richmond and moves into second place on Penske Racing's all-time Indy car win list behind Rick Mears. Wins pole positions at Pikes Peak and Watkins Glen.>
Finishes fourth in IndyCar Series Championship driving the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota. Wins season finale at Texas. Wins five poles. Receives the Scott Brayton Award at the Indianapolis 500 for displaying the character that best exemplifies the racing spirit of the late Scott Brayton.>
Finishes third in IndyCar Series Championship driving the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota. Captures pole for the Indianapolis 500, finishes second to teammate Gil de Ferran in Penske's second 1-2 finish at Indy in three years. Wins two races, St. Louis and Nazareth and three poles.>
Finishes second in IndyCar Series Championship in first full season. Drives the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet. Wins the Indy 500, becoming the first driver to win it consecutively since Al Unser in 1970 and 1971 and just the fifth driver in history to do so. At 27, he is the youngest driver to win twice at Indy and the only driver to win in his first two attempts. Wins two races (Indy and Phoenix) and one pole (Phoenix).>
Finishes a career best 4th in the CART Championship driving the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Reynard/Honda. Wins the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Rookie of the Year, becomes the eighth rookie to win in his debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wins three races and three poles. Becomes the second driver in CART history to lead every lap in two races during the same season (Long Beach and Detroit); Michael Andretti did it 1992. Made his first fence climb at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2001.>
Joins Marlboro Team Penske and finishes seventh in CART Championship driving the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Reynard/Honda. Wins three races, including his first CART victory in Detroit and three poles. First in laps led on road/temporary street circuits with 245.>
Finishes 15th in CART Championship driving the #9 Hogan Motor Leasing Mercedes Lola for Hogan Racing. Wins first CART pole position in Milwaukee.>
Finishes 17th in CART Championship driving the #16 Alumax Aluminum Mercedes Reynard for Bettenhausen Racing. Finishes second in Milwaukee, the highest finish of the season for a rookie.>
Finished 7th in his rookie season in the Indy Lights Series for Tasman Motorsports. Finished second in 1997. Wins races at Trois Rivieres, Long Beach, Savannah, and Toronto.
Finishes 3rd in the British Formula 3 Championship for Paul Stewart Racing. Wins at Donington Park and finishes second in five races.>
Finishes 2nd in the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship for Amir Nasr Racing Team.>
Finishes 2nd in the South American Formula 3 Championship for Corpal Racing Team.>
Finishes 2nd in the Formula Chevrolet Brazilian championship.>
Competes in Brazilian karting, winning the National Championship in 1989.
IN FALL 2007, CASTRONEVES BECAME A CONTESTANT ON ABC'S DANCING WITH THE STARS TELEVISION PROGRAM IN THE UNITED STATES, PAIRED WITH SEASON 4 CHAMPION, JULIANNE HOUGH. ON A SHOW BASED ON JUDGES SCORES AND FAN VOTES, HE WAS ANNOUNCED THE SEASON 5 WINNER ON NOVEMBER 27, 2007.
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In Fall 2012, Castroneves was invited back to participate on ABC's Dancing With the Stars - All Stars. He was paired with the talented Chelsie Hightower. After only 3 weeks of competition, they did not have enough votes to stay on the show. Helio enjoyed being back on the show, and appreciated the opportunity to compete again.
Children International's mission is to help children living in dire poverty. They provide needy children with a variety of programs and services to meet their basic needs, enhance their self-esteem and raise their physical and educational levels in a meaningful, lasting way. Helio sponsors a boy from Indonesia.
IRL Ministry is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-denominational organization, which was developed to help the racing community. They exist because of the donations they receive from the racing community and great partners that join to reach out to the people that are part of this great sport.
THE BUONICONTI FUND
Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.
BrazilFoundation is a non-profit established in 2000 with the goal of generating resources for social entrepreneurs who propose creative and innovative solutions to challenges faced by communities throughout Brazil.