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.