Helio Castroneves Bio
Helio Castroneves has long been one of the brightest stars in motorsports. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner has shined both on the track and off in the Verizon IndyCar Series over the last two decades. In 2018, the popular Brazilian racer will tackle a new challenge as he transitions from his roots in open-wheel racing to help “The Captain” revive Team Penske’s storied history in sports car competition.
While Castroneves’ INDYCAR legacy is secure, his newest frontier is the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as he begins his 19th season racing for Roger Penske’s legendary team. Castroneves will compete for the newly-formed Acura Team Penske racing the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi, along with established IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver and reigning Prototype champion Ricky Taylor. To prepare for the team’s full-season return to sports car racing in 2018, Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud competed in the 2017 Petit Le Mans endurance event at Road Atlanta. With Castroneves leading the homecoming effort by winning the pole position, the team was able to produce a third-place podium finish. It marked Castroneves’ second start in the eight-hour endurance race as he helped guide Team Penske to a victory in the event in 2008.
While he’s energized and excited about the sports car challenge starting this season, Castroneves also isn’t done with INDYCAR racing just yet. He will back at the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May as he pursues the immortality that comes with admittance to the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner’s club, as he looks to join his mentor and Team Penske Hall of Fame driver, Rick Mears.
In his final full-time INDYCAR season in 2017, Castroneves visited Victory Lane and climbed the fence once again at Iowa Speedway in July. Three additional podium results and a series-leading 16 top-10 finishes placed Castroneves within striking distance of the championship at the season finale. He gave his all at Sonoma Raceway, and ultimately finished fifth in the race and fourth in the series standings. It marked the 14th time in his 20 seasons competing in INDYCAR that Castroneves has finished among the top five drivers in the championship standings.
With another successful season in 2017, Castroneves moved even higher among the greats in INDYCAR history as he enters 2018 ranked third all-time in pole positions won with 50, he moved past Team Penske legend Rick Mears and current teammate Will Power for 11th in wins with 30, he’s fourth in laps led with 6,036, fifth in podium finishes with 93 and tied for third with 141 career top-five finishes.
Castroneves resides in South Florida with his fiancée Adriana and their daughter Mikaella.
Castroneves Key Accomplishments
- Three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2001, 2002, 2009)
- Four-time Indianapolis 500 pole award winner
- Six career IMSA starts with one win, four podium finishes and three pole positions
- Won the 2008 Petit Le Mans with Team Penske
- Four-time runner up in the Verizon IndyCar Series driver standings
- Winningest IndyCar Series driver in Team Penske history with 30 victories
- Winner of at least one IndyCar Series race in 11-consecutive seasons from 2000-2010
- Season five winner of Dancing With The Stars on ABC