Biography

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 Paolo, 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.

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Biography

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 Paolo, 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. 

Career Highlights

2015 - Won four Verizon P1 Pole Awards, five podium finishes, and placed fifth in the championship standings.  In the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., Castroneves helped Team Penske to a 1-2-4-5 finish by bringing his Hitachi Chevrolet home fourth.  He continued his quest to win his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500-mile race. He gave that goal an admirable attempt this year, finishing seventh in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” He followed that up three more podium finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, the streets of Toronto and The Milwaukee Mile to stay in contention for his first series title all the way down to the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

2014 - Enjoyed another consistent, successful season behind the wheel of the No. 3 Hitachi/Shell-Pennzoil/AAA /Automobile Club of Southern California/Verizon Chevrolet. Picked up his third career win in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans at Belle Isle Park. Finished second in the Verizon IndyCar Series final standings for the fourth time on the strength of one win, six podium finishes and three Verizon P1 Pole Awards. Narrowlymissed out on winning a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 by .006 seconds. Moved into a tie with Rick Mears for 11th place on the all-time series wins list with 29. His 41 career pole positions have him ranked fourth, one spot ahead of Mears. 

2013 - Produced perhaps his best season in his 14th year competing for Team Penske. Scored his fourth career victory at Texas Motor Speedway for his lone win of the season. Led all series drivers with 16 top-10 finishes in 19 races. Topped all drivers with an everage finishing position of 7.5. Led the IndyCar Series standings for all but five weeks of the season. Endured a tough doubleheader weekend at Houston where lost the series lead late in the season and wound up finishing as series runner-up to Scott Dixon.

2012 - Enjoyed a rejuvenated season for Team Penske as he scored two wins and pole position to finish fourth in the IndyCar Series standings. Won the season-opening race in St. Petersburg for his third career victory at the popular street circuit. Captured the pole position at Barber Motorsports Park. Won at the Edmonton Airport circuit as he led all 75 laps for satisfying, dominant victory.

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Career Highlights

2015 - Won four Verizon P1 Pole Awards, five podium finishes, and placed fifth in the championship standings.  In the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., Castroneves helped Team Penske to a 1-2-4-5 finish by bringing his Hitachi Chevrolet home fourth.  He continued his quest to win his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500-mile race. He gave that goal an admirable attempt this year, finishing seventh in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” He followed that up three more podium finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, the streets of Toronto and The Milwaukee Mile to stay in contention for his first series title all the way down to the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

2014 - Enjoyed another consistent, successful season behind the wheel of the No. 3 Hitachi/Shell-Pennzoil/AAA /Automobile Club of Southern California/Verizon Chevrolet. Picked up his third career win in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans at Belle Isle Park. Finished second in the Verizon IndyCar Series final standings for the fourth time on the strength of one win, six podium finishes and three Verizon P1 Pole Awards. Narrowlymissed out on winning a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 by .006 seconds. Moved into a tie with Rick Mears for 11th place on the all-time series wins list with 29. His 41 career pole positions have him ranked fourth, one spot ahead of Mears. 

2013 - Produced perhaps his best season in his 14th year competing for Team Penske. Scored his fourth career victory at Texas Motor Speedway for his lone win of the season. Led all series drivers with 16 top-10 finishes in 19 races. Topped all drivers with an everage finishing position of 7.5. Led the IndyCar Series standings for all but five weeks of the season. Endured a tough doubleheader weekend at Houston where lost the series lead late in the season and wound up finishing as series runner-up to Scott Dixon.

2012 - Enjoyed a rejuvenated season for Team Penske as he scored two wins and pole position to finish fourth in the IndyCar Series standings. Won the season-opening race in St. Petersburg for his third career victory at the popular street circuit. Captured the pole position at Barber Motorsports Park. Won at the Edmonton Airport circuit as he led all 75 laps for satisfying, dominant victory.

2011 -

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.

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