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Hélio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day.JPG
Hélio Castroneves at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Nationality Brazilian
Born (1975-05-10) May 10, 1975 (age 39)
Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2001
Current team Penske Racing
Car no. 3
Starts 213
Wins 23
Poles 38
Fastest laps 12
Best finish 2nd in 2002, 2008, 2013 & 2014
Previous series
1996–1997
1998–2001
Indy Lights
CART
Awards
2001

2002
2009
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Hélio Castroneves
CART/Champ Car World Series
Years active 1998-2001
Teams Bettenhausen Racing
Hogan Racing
Penske Racing
Starts 79
Wins 6
Poles 7
Best finish 4th in 2001
Previous series
1993-1994
1995
1996-1997
Formula Three Sudamericana
British Formula Three Championship
Firestone Indy Lights

Hélio Castroneves (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛlju ˈkastɾu ˈnɛvis]; born Hélio Castro Neves; May 10, 1975) is a Brazilian auto racing driver competing in the 2014 North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 22 wins and 33 poles, and has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing until 2011, where he placed eleventh. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth.

Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009, making him one of only nine total drivers, and the only active driver, to have won at least three. He finished second to teammate and countryman Gil de Ferran in 2003. Castroneves has won four pole positions for the Indy 500, including back-to-back poles in 2009 and 2010 for the first time since Scott Brayton. He is also one of only five drivers, (Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Bill Vukovich, and Al Unser Sr. being the other four), and the only active driver to win the Indy 500 in back-to-back races.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, South America, Castroneves started his career in karting, and later raced in the Paul Stewart Racing team, and finished third in the 1995 British Formula Three Championship.[1]

Castroneves driving for Paul Stewart Racing at Silverstone during the 1995 British Formula Three Championship season.
Hélio Castroneves during a practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

After being occasionally misidentified by U.S. media as "Helio Neves" he at first changed the spelling to Helio Castro-Neves and then to the current spelling. He has one sister, Katiucia. Castroneves was first recognized while driving for Steve Horne's Tasman Racing team in Indy Lights, interestingly as teammate to fellow Brazilian and future IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan.

After showing potential but lacking reliability while with the Bettenhausen and Hogan teams, Castroneves was signed by Penske Racing in CART in 2000 following the deaths of Greg Moore and Gonzalo Rodríguez during the last races of the 1999 season. Moore had signed on with Penske but never had the opportunity to race with the team. Castroneves immediately became a regular front-runner winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, the first of three wins where he again performed the crowd pleasing act of climbing the fence at the start finish line in celebration, something he would continue to do after winning races. He switched with the team to the rival IRL for 2002, and remained with Penske, teamed with Gil de Ferran, Sam Hornish, Jr., and Ryan Briscoe during his tenure through the 2008 season. During the 2002 season, Castroneves tested with Formula One team Toyota Racing at Circuit Paul Ricard.[2] In January 2009, Team Penske temporarily replaced him with Will Power, citing the difficulties of remaining competitive while Castroneves prepared for trial on federal tax evasion charges (which stemmed in part from Greg Moore's death as Moore's contract was rewritten for Castroneves).[3] Castroneves missed the first race of the 2009 season while the trial was ongoing, but returned to racing at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Racing fans have given Castroneves the nickname "Spider-Man" because of his victory celebration, in which he climbs the trackside debris fence.

On May 24, 2009, Castroneves became Indy's 9th (and first foreign-born) three-time winner, by taking the checkered flag for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500.[4][5]

Records[edit]

Castroneves currently holds IRL IndyCar Series records for most top-ten finishes (93); Poles (44); and most consecutive seasons with a race win (10). In 2009 he reset the all-time record for most wins (22) and starts (209) by a driver who has not won the National Championship, taking these records from Bill Holland at Indy and compatriot Raul Boesel at Richmond respectively.[6] His 23rd career win, at Barber Motorsports Park in 2010, broke a tie with his former manager Emerson Fittipaldi for most IndyCar wins by a Brazilian driver.

Other appearances[edit]

Aside from success in racing, Castroneves won the fifth season of the American reality TV show Dancing with the Stars with partner Julianne Hough. He has also appeared on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... as a frequent commentator—mainly on episodes that feature the "World's Dumbest Drivers". He currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale.[7] Castroneves returned to Dancing with the Stars for its 15th season for a chance to win another mirrorball trophy.[8] This time he was be partnered with Chelsie Hightower.[9] They were voted off in the third week of the competition during a double elimination.

Personal life[edit]

Castroneves and his girlfriend, Adriana Henao, welcomed a daughter, Mikaella, on December 28, 2009[10] Castroneves lives in Fort Lauderdale.[11]

Legal issues[edit]

Castroneves in May 2010.

On October 2, 2008, Castroneves was charged with conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion by a grand jury for purportedly failing to report to the IRS about $5.5 million in income between 1999 and 2004, according to court documents. Each count carries a maximum five-year prison sentence. His business manager and sister Kati, and his lawyer Alan Miller were charged with assisting Castroneves in the supposed scheme. All three defendants surrendered to authorities in Florida on Friday, October 3, 2008. Castroneves pled not guilty to these charges on October 3, and was ordered released on $10 million bail.[12][13] Castroneves was replaced by Will Power during the duration of his tax evasion court case.[14] The IRS claimed that Castroneves owes $2.3 million in taxes.[15] A guilty verdict would have likely ended Castroneves' racing career.

This issue was related to the initial contract signed by Castroneves with Penske Racing after Greg Moore's death at the California Speedway during the Marlboro 500 on October 31, 1999. In the trial, it was reported that Castroneves' first contract with Penske (2000–04) was signed with Moore's contract with the names changed in ink to reflect the replacement driver. The deal was signed by Moore's agent, Alan Miller, who signed Castroneves' deal days after Moore's funeral as pressure from Penske sponsors forced a quick resolution to finding a replacement.

Central to the case was the ownership of a Panamanian company called Seven Promotions. Prosecutors called it a shell corporation set up primarily so Castroneves could dodge U.S. income taxes, but Castroneves' father testified he created Seven to boost his son's image in Brazil. The elder Castroneves said his son never owned it. Prosecutors called that a lie, showing jurors numerous documents in which Castroneves claimed Seven as his own. If it was, an Internal Revenue Service agent testified that Castroneves owed U.S. taxes on the full $5 million from Penske even though he had never actually received the money. Instead, the Penske payments were eventually invested in a deferred compensation deal with the Dutch firm Fintage Licensing B.V. Castroneves' attorney Roy Black told jurors in closing arguments that such deals are common—and perfectly legal—for athletes who have relatively short careers and face injury or worse at any moment.[16]

The trial ended on April 10, 2009, with closing arguments and the jury deliberated until April 17, when it acquitted Castroneves of all six counts of tax evasion but hung on a count of conspiracy. On May 22, 2009, prosecutors dropped the remaining conspiracy charge.[17]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
1996 Tasman Motorsports MIA
DNS
LBH
4
NAZ
17
MIS
5
MIL
11
DET
17
POR
8
CLE
3
TOR
23
TRO
1
VAN
10
LS
2
7th 84
1997 Tasman Motorsports MIA
14
LBH
1
NAZ
4
SAV
1
STL
3
MIL
12
DET
2
POR
2
TOR
1
TRO
20
VAN
19
LS
3
FON
5
2nd 152

CART results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1998 Bettenhausen Racing MIA
24
MOT
11
LBH
9
NAZ
23
RIO
23
GAT
7
MIL
2
DET
12
POR
13
CLE
27
TOR
10
MCH
12
MDO
17
ROA
26
VAN
24
LAG
23
HOU
24
SRF
21
FON
10
17th 36
1999 Hogan Racing MIA
17
MOT
9
LBH
19
NAZ
21
RIO
25
GAT
2
MIL
26
POR
26
CLE
26
ROA
16
TOR
27
MCH
25
DET
7
MDO
7
CHI
5
VAN
8
LAG
26
HOU
26
SRF
21
FON
20
15th 48
2000 Team Penske MIA
25
LBH
2
RIO
24
MOT
13
NAZ
16
MIL
16
DET
1
POR
7
CLE
21
TOR
16
MCH
5
CHI
21
MDO
1
ROA
9
VAN
20
LAG
1
GAT
9
HOU
5
SRF
6
FON
9
7th 129
2001 Team Penske MTY
8
LBH
1
NAZ
11
MOT
2
MIL
26
DET
1
POR
17
CLE
12
TOR
19
MCH
8
CHI
7
MDO
1
ROA
7
VAN
18
LAU
12
ROC
4
HOU
5
LAG
6
SRF
20
FON
22
4th 141

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2001 Team Penske Dallara Oldsmobile PHX
18
HMS ATL INDY
1
TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS 24th 64
2002 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet HMS
3
PHX
1
FON
5
NAZ
5
INDY
1
TXS
4
PPIR
2
RIR
17
KAN
3
NSH
9
MCH
6
KTY
5
GAT
2
CHI
4
TXS
2
2nd 511
2003 Team Penske Dallara Toyota HMS
3
PHX
2
MOT
22
INDY
2
TXS
7
PPIR
12
RIR
2
KAN
2
NSH
3
MCH
17
GAT
1
KTY
5
NAZ
1
CHI
20
FON
6
TXS
13
3rd 484
2004 Team Penske Dallara Toyota HMS
2
PHX
6
MOT
3
INDY
9
TXS
12
RIR
3
KAN
7
NSH
3
MIL
12
MCH
10
KTY
12
PPIR
6
NAZ
5
CHI
10
FON
7
TXS
1
4th 446
2005 Team Penske Dallara Toyota HMS
5
PHX
2
STP
20
MOT
11
INDY
9
TXS
5
RIR
1
KAN
8
NSH
5
MIL
16
MCH
21
KTY
5
PPIR
4
SNM
21
CHI
2
WGL
12
FON
9
6th 440
2006 Team Penske Dallara Honda HMS
2
STP
1
MOT
1
INDY
25
WGL
7
TXS
1
RIR
10
KAN
6
NSH
5
MIL
14
MCH
1
KTY
3
SNM
5
CHI
4
3rd 473
2007 Team Penske Dallara Honda HMS
9
STP
1
MOT
7
KAN
3
INDY
3
MIL
16
TXS
16
IOW
8
RIR
11
WGL
18
NSH
6
MDO
3
MCH
17
KTY
9
SNM
2
DET
14
CHI
4
6th 446
2008 Team Penske Dallara Honda HMS
4
STP
2
MOT
2
LBH
KAN
4
INDY
4
MIL
5
TXS
2
IOW
14
RIR
2
WGL
16
NSH
3
MDO
2
EDM
2
KTY
2
SNM
1
DET
2
CHI
1
SRF1
7
2nd 629
2009 Team Penske Dallara Honda STP
LBH
7
KAN
2
INDY
1
MIL
11
TXS
1
IOW
7
RIR
17
WGL
4
TOR
18
EDM
2
KTY
4
MDO
12
SNM
18
CHI
20
MOT
10
HMS
5
4th 433
2010 Team Penske Dallara Honda SAO
9
STP
4
ALA
1
LBH
7
KAN
4
INDY
9
TXS
20
IOW
2
WGL
9
TOR
24
EDM
10
MDO
3
SNM
5
CHI
6
KTY
1
MOT
1
HMS
5
4th 531
2011 Team Penske Dallara Honda STP
20
ALA
7
LBH
12
SAO
21
INDY
17
TXS
10
TXS
4
MIL
9
IOW
7
TOR
17
EDM
2
MDO
19
NHM
17
SNM
2
BAL
17
MOT
22
KTY
29
LVS2
C
11th 312
2012 Team Penske Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
1
ALA
3
LBH
13
SAO
4
INDY
10
DET
17
TXS
7
MIL
6
IOW
6
TOR
6
EDM
1
MDO
16
SNM
6
BAL
10
FON
5
4th 431
2013 Team Penske Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
2
ALA
3
LBH
10
SAO
13
INDY
6
DET
5
DET
8
TXS
1
MIL
2
IOW
8
POC
8
TOR
6
TOR
2
MDO
6
SNM
7
BAL
9
HOU
18
HOU
23
FON
6
2nd 550
2014 Team Penske Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
3
LBH
11
ALA
19
IMS
3
INDY
2
DET
5
DET
1
TXS
8
HOU
9
HOU
21
POC
2
IOW
8
TOR
2
TOR
12
MDO
19
MIL
11
SNM
18
FON
14
2nd 609
1 Non-points paying, exhibition race
2 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
13 1 213 38 23 48 85 3 (2001, 2002, 2009) 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Practicing for the 2007 Indianapolis 500.
Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 11 1 Team Penske
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 13 1 Team Penske
2003 Dallara Toyota 1 2 Team Penske
2004 Dallara Toyota 8 9 Team Penske
2005 Dallara Toyota 5 9 Team Penske
2006 Dallara Honda 2 25 Team Penske
2007 Dallara Honda 1 3 Team Penske
2008 Dallara Honda 4 4 Team Penske
2009 Dallara Honda 1 1 Team Penske
2010 Dallara Honda 1 9 Team Penske
2011 Dallara Honda 16 17 Team Penske
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 6 10 Team Penske
2013 Dallara Chevrolet 8 6 Team Penske
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 4 2 Team Penske

Castroneves's finishes for 2001 to 2003 is currently the best 3 race finishing streak in Indianapolis history. It is equal to the streak posted by Al Unser from 1970 through 1972.

Touring/Sports Cars[edit]

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 Penske Racing LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder Evo Porsche MR6 3.4L V8 M SEB
5/3
STP LNB TEX UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET MON 23rd 19
2008 Penske Motorsports, Inc. LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder Evo Porsche MR6 3.4L V8 M SEB STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
4/1
MON
6/4
19th 45

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Final Pos Points
2010 Wilson Security Racing YMC
R1

YMC
R2

BHR
R3

BHR
R4

ADE
R5

ADE
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

QLD
R9

QLD
R10

WIN
R11

WIN
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

TOW
R15

TOW
R16

PHI
R17

BAT
R18

SUR
R19

18
SUR
R20

19
SYM
R21

SYM
R22

SAN
R23

SAN
R24

SYD
R25

SYD
R26

NC 0 +
2011 Lucky 7 Racing YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

12
SUR
R22

10
SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

63rd 147

+ Not Eligible for points

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2012 Shell Racing Peugeot 408 INT CTB VEL RBP LON RIO SAL CAS TAR CTB BSB INT
14
NC† 0†
2013 Shell Racing Peugeot 408 INT
CUR
TAR
SAL
BRA
CAS
RBP
DNS
BRA
VEL
CUR
GOI
INT
NC† 0†

† Ineligible for championship points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cart's European refugees". BBC News. 2001-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Castroneves impresses in F1 test". BBC Sport. 2002-09-21. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  3. ^ Power replaced Castroneves at Penske during tax evasion case USAToday.com, January 13, 2009
  4. ^ Graves, Gary (2009-05-25). "Castroneves ascends to new heights at Indy". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Castroneves claims third Indy 500". BBC Sport. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  6. ^ Helio Castroneves – champcarstats.com
  7. ^ "Official Web Page". Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  8. ^ Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed
  9. ^ Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Revealed for All-Stars Season
  10. ^ Ritti, Missy (2009-12-29). Dancing Star Helio Castroneves Welcomes a Daughter. People, 29 December 2009. Retrieved from http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20333469,00.html.
  11. ^ "PICTURE GALLERY: At Home with Helio Castroneves". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Castroneves indicted on tax evasion – Yahoo News Story". 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Power replaced Castroneves at Penske during tax evasion case. Retrieved on 2009-01-13.
  15. ^ Castroneves owes $2.3 million in taxes Retrieved on 2009-03-27.
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ [3]

External links[edit]

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Scott Brayton Award
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