Castroneves looks to end win drought, and earn his own street name, in Texas


Helio Castroneves has won only twice in the last two years in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

He won two years ago at Texas Motor Speedway, where he scored his fourth win at the 1.5-mile oval, and he last won at Belle Isle Park last June.

If he wins in Texas this year though, Helio wants his own street name to go along with what some other legends of the state have achieved.

“If you look around the track at Texas Motor Speedway you notice there are streets that are named after several drivers. There isn’t one named after me, though,” Castroneves said going into the weekend.

“I told Eddie Gossage (track president) last year that I want to have my own street at Texas. I mean, I am the only four-time Verizon IndyCar Series winner at the track. He assured me that if I make it five wins there will be a ‘Helio Castroneves Boulevard.’ at Texas Motor Speedway.

“I love racing at Texas. It’s just super fast. You don’t get the sensation of speed anywhere like you do there. I’m confident we can get the AAA Chevrolet into Victory Lane and, hopefully, gain a lot of points this weekend.”

Castroneves already gained five points on Wednesday, courtesy of INDYCAR adjusting the post-race points penalty it had assessed to him following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.