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. He was signed to the Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. team for the 1998 CART season. In 1999, Castroneves competed for Hogan Racing in CART.
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.
Castroneves competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 2001 as Team Penske. 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.
In 2002, Team Penske moved to the IndyCar Series for full-time competition. 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.
In 2009, Helio took his third Indianapolis 500 crown, to become just the ninth driver to accomplish that feat.
While Helio Castroneves ranks as the elder statesman in the Team Penske stable of drivers, he still possesses the speed and skill necessary to win at the highest levels of motorsports and he continues to have the drive and enthusiasm of an eager rookie racer. One of the most successful and popular drivers of his era, Castroneves is best known in racing circles as a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and one of the winningest drivers in Team Penske history. The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season marks the 20th year of competition under the Team Penske banner for Castroneves, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
The fast Brazilian continued his winning ways in 2018 as he and No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Prototype co-driver Ricky Taylor drove to victory in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The performance produced the first win for Acura Team Penske and it marked the 17th season in Castroneves’ illustrious career in which he won at least one race. The veteran driver was a key cog in helping Acura Team Penske build a solid foundation for the future while the organization returned to where it began – as a sports car team back in 1966. Castroneves and Taylor finished the season with one win, two podium finishes and one pole position.
Last season’s success added to the impressive accomplishments across Castroneves’ career. He has earned 32 victories, 54 pole positions, 95 podium finishes and 6,403 laps led in INDYCAR and Sports Car competition. While he is energized and excited about the challenge of racing sports cars, Castroneves also isn’t done with INDYCAR racing just yet. He will back at the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May as he pursues the immortality that comes with admittance to the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner’s club, as he looks to join his mentor and Team Penske Hall of Fame driver, Rick Mears.
Castroneves resides in South Florida with his fiancée Adriana and their daughter Mikaella.
Castroneves will race on the 24 Hours of Daytona with Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Racing in the IMSA Championship. For the NTT Indycar Series, Castroneves will compete in 6 races in the 06 car for Meyer Shank Racing.
Castroneves and the No. 7 Acura team won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with 4 Victories and 4 pole positions.
Castroneves and the No. 7 Acura team enjoyed a solid 2019 IMSA season on the strength of five podium finishes and three pole positions. Finished outside the top five only once and led a total of 146 laps en route to a third-place finish in the series standings while also helping Acura win the Manufacturer Championship in the DPi class.
Castroneves transitioned from IndyCar racing to Team Penske’s new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program. He had a solid first full season racing in IMSA. Finished the 2018 season with one win, two podium finishes and one pole position.
Finished 4th in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. Won 1 race, and 8 Top-Five.
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.