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IZOD INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start: March 18, 2001 (Phoenix International Raceway)
First victory: May 27, 2001 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
First pole: March 17, 2002 (Phoenix International Raceway)

2011
• Finished 11th in IZOD 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 IZOD 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.
• DNF at Richmond was first 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.
• Infineon victory set series record for consecutive seasons with a victory (eight).

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.
• Also 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
• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings with a victory at Texas2. Scored six top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.
• Earned five MBNA Pole Awards (Richmond, Nazareth, Chicagoland, California, Texas2) and tied Billy Boat's 1998 record of four consecutive pole victories. 

2003
• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings with race victories at Gateway and Nazareth. Scored nine top-five finishes, tying him with three other drivers for most top fives.
• Earned three pole positions (Indianapolis, Gateway, California) and 11 top-10 finishes.
• Captured MBNA Pole for Indianapolis 500, becoming the first back-to-back "500" winner to win the pole for his attempt to win three in a row. Finished second in the race, making his results of first, first, second in his first three starts at Indianapolis the best of any driver in "500" history. 

2002
• Won second consecutive Indianapolis 500 in Marlboro Team Penske entry, becoming the fifth driver to win consecutive races at Indianapolis and the first to do so since Al Unser in 1970-71. First driver in Indianapolis 500 history to win race in each of his first two starts.
• Finished second in point standings in first full season of IndyCar Series competition, scoring wins at Indianapolis and Phoenix. Won MBNA Pole at Phoenix. Scored seven top-three finishes, 12 top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. 

2001
• Won Indianapolis 500 by 1.7373 seconds over Marlboro Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran. Led final 52 laps after starting 11th.
• Delivered 11th Indianapolis 500 victory to team owner Roger Penske.
• Started 17th, finished 18th at Phoenix in only other IndyCar Series start.


ROAD TO THE IZOD INDYCAR SERIES

2001
• Finished career-best fourth in CART standings with Marlboro Team Penske, winning from the pole at Long Beach and Detroit. Also won race at Mid-Ohio and pole at Motegi.

2000
• Earned three victories (Detroit, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca), three poles and finished seventh in CART point standings in first year with Marlboro Team Penske.
• First career CART victory came at Detroit.

1999
• Finished 15th in CART point standings in first season with Hogan Racing.
• Earned first career pole at Milwaukee.

1998
• Finished second in CART Rookie of the Year standings driving for Bettenhausen Motorsports.
• Led 37 laps, best among rookies.

1997
• Finished second in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights championship by four points.
• Earned Indy Lights victories at Long Beach, Savannah and Toronto. Won four Indy Lights pole positions.

1996
• Finished seventh in first Indy Lights season driving for Tasman Motorsports.
• Earned first career Indy Lights victory from the pole at Trois Rivieres.

1995
• Finished third in British Formula 3 championship driving for Paul Stewart Racing with victory at Donington Park.

1994
• Finished second in the Brazilian Formula 3 championship with four victories. Recorded four poles.
• Raced in British Formula 3 series.

1993
• Finished second in South American Formula 3 championship with four wins and three poles.

1992
• Finished second in Brazilian Formula Vauxhall championship.

Early Career
• Competed in kart racing, winning a Brazilian national title and racing in the World Cup Go-Kart championship in Europe.

Hélio Castroneves

Hélio Castroneves,


Helio Castroneves


Date of birth: May 10 1975
Residence: Coral Gables, Fla
Nationality: Brasil
No.: 3
First race: Homestead, 1998
Season: 21
Team: Team Penske
Website: HelioCastroneves
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