IndyCar Driver Preview: Helio Castroneves

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#3 Helio Castroneves

  • Team: Team Penske
  • Engine: Chevrolet
  • Sponsors: Shell/AAA/Hitachi/PPG
  • 2012: Fourth place, 2 Wins, 1 Pole

2012 WRAP: Good Helio was back after a miserable 2011, where his wild streak and accident penchant resulted in a finish outside the top-10 in points with his first winless season with Team Penske. An emotional win at St. Petersburg kicked off the year, and a second win at Edmonton renewed title hopes. A couple grid penalties and a lack of big results late in the year doomed his title chances, but it was still an impressive bounce back season.

2013 OUTLOOK: You know what you’ll get with Helio: a couple wins, unbridled enthusiasm throughout and usually, a very good chance at Indianapolis. With every passing year his odds of scoring his elusive first championship diminish, but that’s not the main target for him. He’s had three subpar years at Indy by his own illustrious standards, and now has another three-time 500 champion on the grid in Dario Franchitti. Wanting to beat his longtime rival to the four-time club at Indy will fuel his focus this season.