|May, 10, 1975||5' 8"||Shell-Pennzoil, Hitachi, PPG, AAA|
|Sao Paulo, Brazil||147 lbs.||Dallara/Chevrolet|
|Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Jonathan Diuguid|
Helio Castroneves once again saw his on-track success match his popularity as the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner returned to Victory Lane twice during the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. After a frustrating 2011 campaign in which Castroneves was denied a race victory for the first time in his 13-year career with Team Penske, the 37 year-old Brazilian driver regained his elite his status in 2012. Driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra/AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California/Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, Castroneves battled for the series title and consistently ran at the front of the tough IndyCar field.
Castroneves’ rejuvenated season, which saw him finish fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, can be attributed to his plan of being a more consistent driver in 2012. He followed through by leading all drivers with 12 top-10 finishes, finishing 14 of 15 races and completing 1,965 of a possible 1,968 laps of competition. Castroneves started the season with immediate success, as he returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since September 2010 at the season’s opening race in St. Petersburg. He followed that up the next week with a pole win and podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park. Positioned in the top five of the IndyCar point standings the entire season, the personable and positive racer secured his second victory of the year at Edmonton after he captured the lead from teammate Will Power and led the final 22 laps of the race.
With his successful 2012 season, Castroneves moved himself even higher among the greats in IndyCar history as he now ranks fifth all-time in pole positions won with 37, 12th in wins with 27, eighth with 29 second-place finishes and 11th all-time with 106 top-five results.
Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, Castroneves also returned to another place of great success – the national stage of “Dancing with the Stars.” As the only race car driver ever to become a “Dancing with the Stars” champion, Castroneves returned for the “All-Stars” edition of the popular television show as he was pitted against former winners and popular contestants. Though he was not able to replicate his magical run from 2007 when he captured the “Mirror Ball” trophy, Castroneves once again shined in competition as he livened up the show with charisma and flair. Castroneves has continued to be involved with “Dancing with the Stars” since his initial appearance, serving as an occasional correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and as a guest judge on the show. He still ranks as one of the top-10 best dancers from the first 10 season of “DWTS.”
Castroneves, who became the first driver to win back-to-back Indy 500s in his first two starts at the Brickyard in 2001 and 2002 and won the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” again in 2009, is known for his trademark victory celebration of climbing the fence after taking the checkered flag. His signature smile and his outbursts of unbridled enthusiasm make him one of the true stars of motorsports. These attributes have helped land him on the pages of some of the top publications in the world including People, Newsweek, TV Guide, Esquire and Maxim.
Castroneves’ celebrity status has afforded him an array of opportunities worldwide, the highlight of which came in 2004, when he had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private audience with Pope John Paul II while visiting Vatican City. His collection of vehicles includes the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Pace Vehicle Oldsmobile Bravada; a 50th Anniversary Special Edition Chevrolet Corvette, which he received for winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500, and his latest addition – a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
In May of 2010, Castroneves also released a popular book about his life and how he’s met its challenges. “Victory Road – The Ride of My Life” chronicled Castroneves’ dramatic rise to stardom and how he handled his high-profile tax case and his triumphant return to racing.
Castroneves will enter the 2013 season once again ready to compete for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske and battle for a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory. Castroneves, girlfriend Adriana Henao, and their daughter, Mikaella, reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Finished 11th in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship. Earns three top-five finishes, including two second place finishes at Edmonton and Infineon, pushing his impressive career total to 100. His career 4,468 laps led lead all current drivers. Saw his record streak of winning a race and a pole in 11 consecutive seasons come to an end.
2010 - Finished fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship, won the inaugural Grand Prix of Alabama, won at Kentucky and won in Japan after starting from the pole and leading the most laps. He also won his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole and his fifth Indy Pit Stop Competition. He continued his record streak of winning with the Team to 11 consecutive seasons and posted nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
2009 - Finishes fourth in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings driving the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda, despite missing the season-opening race. Wins his third Indianapolis 500-mile race. Also wins his third Indy 500 pole and captures the team Pit Stop Competition. Wins the race at Texas and continues his record streak of winning with the Team to 10 consecutive seasons.Post seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
2008 - Finishes second in the IndyCar Series points standings driving the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Wins in Sonoma and Chicago and extends his record of consecutive years with a win for the team (9). Scores three pole positions (Nashville, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma) and brings his career total to 33.
2007 - Finishes sixth in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings driving the No 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. Wins from the pole at St. Petersburg and breaks team record for most consecutive seasons with a race victory (eight). Captures the Indianapolis 500 pole position for the second time in his career. Establishes new series season record with seven pole positions including efforts at St. Petersburg, Japan, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Detroit.
2006 - Finishes third in the IndyCar Series Championship point standings driving the No. 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.
2005 - Finishes sixth in the IndyCar Series Championship driving the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota. Wins at Richmond, days after sustaining a shoulder injury during a test there; continues record of winning at least one race a season since joining Marlboro Team Penske. 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.
2004 - Finishes fourth in the IndyCar Series Championship driving the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota. Wins season finale at Texas, tying Al Unser Jr. and Danny Sullivan for second in all-time race wins for Penske Racing. Wins five poles, including the final four events, tying the IRL IndyCar Series record for consecutive poles set by Billy Boat in 1998. One of two drivers to finish every race running. Receives the Scott Brayton Award at the Indianapolis 500 for displaying the character that best exemplifies the racing spirit of the late Scott Brayton.
2003 - Finishes third in the IndyCar Series Championship driving the No. 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.
2002 - Finishes second in the IndyCar Series Championship in first full season. Drives the No. 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).
2001 - Finishes a career best fourth in the CART Series driving the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Honda/Reynard. Wins the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Rookie of the Year, becoming 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.
2000 - Joins Marlboro Team Penske and finishes seventh in CART Series driving the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Honda/Reynard. Wins three races, including his first CART victory in Detroit, and three poles. First in laps led on road/temporary street circuits with 245.
2013 IZOD IndyCar Series Season Statistics
|Date||Event||Start||Finish||Points (Behind)||Rank (+/-)|
|3/24/13||Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg||5||2||NA||NA|
|4/7/13||Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||6||3||NA||NA|
|4/21/13||Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach||6||10||NA||NA|
|5/5/13||Sao Paulo Indy 300||18||13||NA||NA|
Helio Castroneves and Turbo! - Castroneves talks about racing with "Turbo" the snail aboard his AAA IndyCar.