Helio Castroneves on humorous, surprising and touching messages for fourth Indy win

Helio Castroneves Indy reactions
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INDIANAPOLIS — Immediately after Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500, his phone blew up with congratulatory messages from a wide assortment of well-wishers and myriad reactions.

Among those congratulating Castroneves included Formula One world champions Sir Jackie Stewart and Fernando Alonso, as well as Stewart’s son Paul.

Business entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who competed with Castroneves on “Dancing With The Stars” in 2007, was among the many others who chimed in with congratulations for only the fourth four-time winner of the event in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history. He also was flooded with reactions on social media (including the football club in Sao Palou, Brazil, near his hometown).

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“I have one that was very surprising,” Castroneves said. “It was Edsel Ford. He wrote a very nice message. That was I met him many times through Roger Penske and used to joke with him. He was very happy for the result.

“There were quite a few people who were nice and didn’t have to (be), but that was the same vibe that 135,000 fans felt.”

He even got congratulations from the driver who ended up on the short end of Castroneves’ second Indy 500 victory — , when it was ruled he was ahead at the time the yellow light turned on for a caution during the final lap of the race.

Of course, the 2002 runner-up still holds Castroneves one Indy 500 victory short by his count.

“Paul Tracy texted me and said, ‘Congratulations on No. 3,’ ” Castroneves said. “I texted back and said, ‘Too bad I have four trophies in my crib. I can see that you are bad at me at math, but that’s OK.’ ”

Castroneves joined an exclusive club that includes A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and the late Al Unser (who was part of a documentary featuring the four winners that will air on NBC next month). He warmly was welcomed by the other four-timers.

“I heard A.J. Foyt’s comments and that was very nice,” Castroneves said. “Rick Mears was awesome. I asked what kind of black card we needed to be in the group. He said, ‘You need to pay. We don’t have to pay, but you need to pay.’

“He told me it was very deserving, and I went after it. That was important to me because I never gave up.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info


The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event


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FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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