Helio Castroneves
Helio  Castroneves
Team Penske
3 Chevrolet Brazil Road To Indy Graduate
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Helio Castroneves
rank
27
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 3
Borg Warner Trophy Borg Warner Trophy Borg Warner Trophy
Total Poles
50
Race Wins
30
Birthday
May 10, 1975
Hometown
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residence
Fort Lauderdale, FL

IN HIS OWN WORDS

“Racing is the air that I breathe. I love what I do. I might have an interest in something else, but this is what I love to do.”

ON TRACK
  • Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner (2001, 2002, 2009).
  • Tied for 11th all time in Indy cars with 29 race wins.
  • Fourth all time in Indy car pole positions with 47.
  • Known as Spider-Man for his celebratory fence climbs after winning a race. The tradition began in 2000 at Belle Isle following his first Indy car win.

OFF TRACK

  • “Dancing With the Stars” Season 5 champion in 2007. The “Mirror Ball” trophy is displayed in his home alongside his racing trophies.
  • Named People magazine’s “Sexiest Race Car Driver,” has appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America,” “Today,” “Ellen” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.” Served as a correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight.”
  • Works out six days a week during the offseason with a regimen including swimming, running and weightlifting.
  • Fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 3 9 16 442 16
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 2 8 10 143 15
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 4 6 9 198 13
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 1 3 7 10 282 17
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 1 1 6 16 239 19
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 2 1 5 12 265 15
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 3 7 34 16
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 3 2 9 15 244 15
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 1 7 10 187 12
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 2 3 15 15 561 17
2007 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 7 6 11 480 12
2006 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 4 5 9 12 450 12
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 2 8 11 230 12
2004 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 5 6 13 505 16
2003 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 2 3 9 11 424 13
2002 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 2 1 12 14 351 15
2001 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 1 0 1 1 56 1
2001 CART 20 3 3 6 10 411 17
2000 CART 20 3 3 6 11 372 12
1999 CART 20 0 1 2 6 126 7
1998 CART 19 0 0 1 5 37 9
Total 346 30 50 141 226 6037 282

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
March 15, 1998 (Homestead)
First Win
June 8, 2000 (Detroit Belle Isle)
First Pole
June 6, 1999 (Milwaukee)

Verizon IndyCar Series

  • 2016
    • Finished third in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Team Penske with best finish of second at Indianapolis GP and Toronto.
    • Won poles at Phoenix and Long Beach.
    • Led 143 laps in eight races and finished on the podium four times.
  • 2015
    • Finished fifth in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with best finish of second at NOLA Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Milwaukee
    • Won Poles at Long Beach, Barber, Iowa and Pocono
    • Led 198 laps in 11 races and finished on the podium five times
  • 2014
    • Finished second in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske, his 15th consecutive season with the team.
    • Won at Belle Isle 2 and recorded six podiums finishes.
    • Claimed pole three times and six podium finishes.
    • Led 10 races for total of 282 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished second in point standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded victory at Texas along with five other top-five and 15 other top-10 finishes.
    • Earned pole at Iowa and started from pole at Houston 2 based on entrant points.
    • Led seven race for total of 239 laps.
    • Was running at the finish in all 19 races.
  • 2012
    • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded wins at St. Petersburg and Edmonton.
    • Posted 12 top-10 finishes overall, most of any driver.
    • Earned pole start at Barber.
  • 2011
    • Finished 11th in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded best start and finish of second at Edmonton.
    • Posted top-10 finishes in four consecutive mid-season oval races.
  • 2010
    • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Recorded three victories (Barber, Kentucky, Motegi) and nine top-five finishes overall.
    • Win at Barber extended series record to 10 seasons in a row with victory.
    • Only driver to finish in top 10 in first six races of season.
    • Became series career laps leader (3,488) en route to victory at Motegi.
  • 2009
    • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske despite missing season opener.
    • Recorded two victories, including the ninth driver to win the Indianapolis 500 three or more times.
    • Won at least one race for ninth consecutive season and won race from pole for eighth consecutive season.
    • Recorded first DNF (Richmond) since Belle Isle in 2007.
  • 2008
    • Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske.
    • Won at Infineon and Chicagoland, where he set series record for driver to start from farthests back (28th) to win.
    • Recorded series-record eight runner-up finishes, and finished in the top five in 15 races.
    • Extended series-record streak of consecutive seasons with a pole start to seven at Nashville. Won three poles overall, including career 25th at Mid-Ohio.
    • Set series record for consecutive seasons with a victory (eight) at Infineon Raceway.
  • 2007
    • Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with victory at St. Petersburg.
    • Recorded six top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Won pole for the Indianapolis 500.
    • Set IndyCar Series record with seven poles (St. Petersburg, Motegi, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Belle Isle).
  • 2006
    • Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with four victories and five earned pole positions.
    • Won at St. Petersburg, Motegi, Texas and Michigan.
    • Recorded nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
    • Won consecutive pole positions at Milwaukee, Michigan and Kentucky and earned pole positions at Watkins Glen and Richmond based on practice speed.
    • Started on pole at Motegi, when lineup was set by points.
  • 2005
    • Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Team Penske with victory at Richmond International Raceway.
    • Recorded eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Led eight races for 230 laps.
    • Earned pole positions at Pikes Peak and Watkins Glen
  • 2004
    • Earned five MBNA Pole Awards (Richmond, Nazareth, Chicagoland, California, Texas2) and tied Billy Boat's 1998 record of four consecutive pole victories.
    • Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings with a victory at Texas2. Scored six top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
  • 2003