Helio Castroneves Bio
While Helio Castroneves ranks as the elder statesman
in the Team Penske stable of drivers, he still possesses the speed and
skill necessary to win at the highest levels of motorsports and he continues to
have the drive and enthusiasm of an eager rookie racer. One of the most
successful and popular drivers of his era, Castroneves is best known in racing
circles as a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and one of the
winningest drivers in Team Penske history. The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship season marks the 20th year of competition under
the Team Penske banner for Castroneves, and he is showing no signs of slowing
The fast Brazilian continued his winning ways in 2018 as he and No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Prototype co-driver Ricky Taylor drove to victory in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The performance produced the first win for Acura Team Penske and it marked the 17th season in Castroneves' illustrious career in which he won at least one race. The veteran driver was a key cog in helping Acura Team Penske build a solid foundation for the future while the organization returned to where it began - as a sports car team back in 1966. Castroneves and Taylor finished the season with one win, two podium finishes and one pole position.
Last season's success added to the impressive accomplishments across Castroneves' career. He has earned 32 victories, 54 pole positions, 95 podium finishes and 6,403 laps led in INDYCAR and Sports Car competition. While he is energized and excited about the challenge of racing sports cars, Castroneves also isn't done with INDYCAR racing just yet. He will back at the hallowed grounds of the 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 season racing in the IndyCar Series in 2017, Castroneves returned to 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 14thtime in his 20 seasons competing in the IndyCar Series that Castroneves has finished among the top five drivers in the championship standings.
Castroneves resides in South Florida with his fiancée Adriana and their daughter Mikaella.
- Three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2001, 2002, 2009)
- Four-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner
- 16 career IMSA starts with two wins, six podium finishes and four pole positions
- Scored the first win in Acura Team Penske history with Ricky Taylor at Mid-Ohio in 2018
- Won the 2008 Petit Le Mans with Team Penske
- Four-time runner up in the 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