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Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves - 3x Indy 500 Winner

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Birth Date: 10 May 1975

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Helio Castroneves is one of the most charismatic drivers in motorsport and also possesses an enviable CV to match, most of which was achieved with Team Penske in IndyCar.

Indeed, 2017 represented his 18th and final season in the series with the same squad (although it was also his 20th in total).

And what a record they enjoyed together: three Indianapolis 500 victories – more than any other active driver – 30 wins, and four-time IndyCar Series runner-up.

The Brazilian, who became the first driver to win back-to-back Indy 500s in his first two starts at the Brickyard in 2001 and 2002, and won the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" again in 2009, is known for his signature victory celebration of climbing the fence after taking the chequered flag. His infectious attitude, signature smile and outbursts of unbridled enthusiasm make him one of the sport’s true entertainers.

But Helio is just as quick (on his feet, at least) outside the car. In 2007 he competed in ABC's hit television show Dancing with the Stars, wowing judges and viewers alike with his perfect Quickstep, Foxtrot and Cha Cha routines to seal the Season 5 title.

Now competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Team Penske, Castroneves will make his third ROC appearance in Mexico after also competing in Miami and Riyadh.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

3x Indy 500 winner

4x Indy 500 pole winner

4x IndyCar Series runner-up

2007 Dancing with the Stars Season 5 champion

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1997 IDriver Detailndy Lights runner-up

1994 Brazilian F3 runner-up

29 IndyCar Series victories (correct as of Dec 2016)

 

ROC HIGHLIGHTS

Years contested: 2017-2019 (3)

2018: 2nd, ROC Nations Cup, Team Latin America with Juan-Pablo Montoya

2017: Helio captained Team ROC Factor Latin America in Miami's ROC Nations Cup competition. His team-mate (and member of the public Gabriel Glusman) was selected via a social media poll in the lead up to January's event.

 

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