|May, 10, 1975||5' 8"||Shell-Pennzoil, Hitachi, PPG, AAA|
|Sao Paulo, Brazil||147 lbs.||Dallara/Chevrolet|
|Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Jonathan Diuguid|
One of the most dynamic and engaging personalities in the IndyCar Series, Helio Castroneves looks to add to his impressive list of career achievements in 2014 while driving the No. 3 Hitachi/Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California/PPG IndyCar.
Castroneves enjoyed one of his best seasons in his career in 2013 as he pursued his first series championship, eventually finishing second in the IndyCar Series standings. He led the series standings for 14 races overall and for 12 weeks in a row before a tough weekend in the Houston doubleheader dropped him to second in the standings and he finished second to Scott Dixon after the series finale at Auto Club Speedway. His signature victory in 2013 came at Texas Motor Speedway where he won for the fourth time in his career on the fast, high-banked oval.
Castroneves became the first driver to win back-to-back Indy 500s in his first two starts at the Brickyard in 2001 and 2002 and he won the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” again in 2009. Castroneves 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.
With his successful 2013 season, Castroneves has moved even higher among the greats in INDYCAR history as he ranks fifth all-time in pole positions won with 38, 12th in wins with 28, fourth with 32 second-place finishes and ninth all-time with 111 top-five results.
Castroneves will once again compete for the IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske and race for a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory this season. Castroneves, girlfriend Adriana Henao, and their daughter, Mikaella, reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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.
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.
2014 INDYCAR Series Season Statistics
|Date||Event||Start||Finish||Points (Behind)||Rank (+/-)|
|3/30/14||Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg||10||3||36 (-4)||3 (--)|
|4/13/14||Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach||9||11||55 (-1)||4 (-1)|
Current Point Standings: 4
Top 5s: 1
Top 10s: 1
Avg. Start: 9.5
Avg. Finish: 7.0
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