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Hélio Castroneves

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hélio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves 2009 Indy 500 Carb Day.JPG
Castroneves at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
BornHélio Alves de Castro Neves
(1975-05-10) 10 May 1975 (age 44)
Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
IndyCar Series career
252 races run over 17 years
Team(s)No. 3 (Team Penske)
2017 position4th
Best finish2nd (2002, 2008, 2013, 2014)
First race2001 Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2019 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
First win2001 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Last win2017 Iowa Corn 300 (Iowa)
Wins Podiums Poles
24 81 50
Champ Car career
79 races run over 4 years
Years active19982001
Team(s)Bettenhausen Racing
Hogan Racing
Team Penske
Best finish4th (2001)
First race1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last race2001 Marlboro 500 (Fontana)
First win2000 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit (Detroit)
Last win2001 Miller Lite 200 (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Podiums Poles
6 10 7
Previous series
1993–1994
1995
1996–1997
Formula 3 Sudamericana
British Formula Three Championship
Indy Lights
Championship titles
2001-2002, 2009
2001
Indianapolis 500 Winner

Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year

Hélio Alves de Castro Neves[1] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛlju ˈkastɾu ˈnɛvis]; born 10 May 1975), professionally known as Hélio Castroneves, is a Brazilian auto racing driver competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Prior to IMSA, Castroneves competed in the IndyCar Series, gaining 23 wins and 38 poles, and placed second in the season standings four times, third three times, and fourth five times. Castroneves also competed in the CART championship, with a highest championship points finish of fourth; he recorded six wins and seven pole positions in the series.

Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, 2002, and 2009, making him one of only nine drivers, and the only active driver, to have won at least three times. He also finished second at Indy in 2003, 2014, and 2017. Castroneves has won four pole positions for the Indy 500, including back-to-back poles in 2009 and 2010, the first driver to do so since Scott Brayton in 1996. He is also one of only five drivers – along with Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Bill Vukovich, and Al Unser being the other four – and the only active driver to win the Indy 500 in back-to-back races.

Racing career

Born in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, South America, Castroneves started his career in karting, and later raced for the Paul Stewart Racing team, and finished third in the 1995 British Formula 3 Championship.[2]

Castroneves during a practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Castroneves during a practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

After being occasionally misidentified by US media as "Hélio Neves" he at first changed the spelling to Hélio Castro-Neves and then to Hélio Castroneves. He has one sister, Katiucia. Castroneves was first recognised while driving for Steve Horne's Tasman Racing team in Indy Lights, 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.[3] 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.[4] 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 24 May 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.[5][6]

Castroneves is widely considered to be the greatest IndyCar driver never to have won the championship.

Records

Castroneves currently holds IRL IndyCar Series records for most top-ten finishes (167); Poles (38); and most consecutive seasons with a race win (10; 2001–2010). 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 Indianapolis and compatriot Raul Boesel at Richmond respectively.[7] 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

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". [8] Castroneves returned to Dancing with the Stars for its 15th season for a chance to win another mirrorball trophy.[9] This time he was partnered with Chelsie Hightower.[10] They were voted off in the third week of the competition during a double elimination.

Personal life

Castroneves has one daughter, Mikaella, with his wife, Adriana Henao, born on 28 December 2009.[11] Castroneves lives in Fort Lauderdale.[12]

Legal issues

Castroneves in May 2010.
Castroneves in May 2010.

On 2 October 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 carried 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, 3 October 2008. Castroneves pleaded not guilty to these charges on 3 October, and was ordered released on $10 million bail.[13][14] Castroneves was replaced by Will Power during the duration of his tax evasion court case.[15] The IRS claimed that Castroneves owed $2.3 million in taxes.[16] A guilty verdict would have likely ended Castroneves' racing career.

This issue was related to the initial contract signed by Castroneves with Penske Racing in the fall of 1999. Greg Moore had already signed on to join Penske Racing for 2000, but was killed during the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway on 31 October 1999. During the trial, it was revealed that Castroneves' first contract with Penske (2000–2004) was signed with Moore's existing contract – with Moore's name simply scratched out and Castroneves' name handwritten in ink. The deal was signed by Moore's agent, Alan Miller, who signed Castroneves' deal just days after Moore's funeral as pressure from Penske sponsors forced a quick resolution to filling the vacated seat.

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. Hélio Castroneves Sr., Hélio's father, however, testified that he created Seven to boost his son's image in Brazil. Furthermore, Hélio Sr. 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 IRS 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.[17]

The trial ended on 10 April 2009, with closing arguments and the jury deliberated until 17 April, when it acquitted Castroneves of all six counts of tax evasion but hung on a count of conspiracy. About a month later on 22 May, prosecutors dropped the remaining conspiracy charge.[18]

Motorsports career results

American open–wheel racing results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights

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

(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

(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 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara Oldsmobile PHX
18
HMS ATL INDY
1
TXS PPR RIR KAN NSH KTY GTW CHI TXS 24th 64
2002 Chevrolet HMS
3
PHX
1
FON
5
NAZ
5
INDY
1
TXS
4
PPR
2
RIR
17
KAN
3
NSH
9
MIS
6
KTY
5
GTW
2
CHI
4
TXS
2
2nd 511
2003 Toyota HMS
3
PHX
2
MOT
22
INDY
2
TXS
7
PPR
12
RIR
2
KAN
2
NSH
3
MIS
17
GTW
1
KTY
5
NAZ
1
CHI
20
FON
6
TXS
13
3rd 484
2004 HMS
2
PHX
6
MOT
3
INDY
9
TXS
12
RIR
3
KAN
7
NSH
3
MIL
12
MIS
10
KTY
12
PPR
6
NAZ
5
CHI
10
FON
7
TXS
1
4th 446
2005 HMS
5
PHX
2
STP
20
MOT
11
INDY
9
TXS
5
RIR
1
KAN
8
NSH
5
MIL
16
MIS
21
KTY
5
PPR
4
SNM
21
CHI
2
WGL
12
FON
9
6th 440
2006 Honda HMS
2
STP
1
MOT
1
INDY
25
WGL
7
TXS
1
RIR
10
KAN
6
NSH
5
MIL
14
MIS
1
KTY
3
SNM
5
CHI
4
3rd 473
2007 Team Penske HMS
9
STP
1
MOT
7
KAN
3
INDY
3
MIL
16
TXS
16
IOW
8
RIR
11
WGL
18
NSH
6
MDO
3
MIS
17
KTY
9
SNM
2
DET
14
CHI
4
6th 446
2008 HMS
4
STP
2
MOT1
2
LBH1 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
SRF2
7
2nd 629
2009 Penske Racing 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 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 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
LVS3
C
11th 312
2012 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 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 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
2015 STP
4
NLA
2
LBH
2
ALA
15
IMS
6
INDY
7
DET
6
DET
19
TXS
3
TOR
3
FON
23
MIL
2
IOW
11
MDO
15
POC
16
SNM
15
5th 453
2016 STP
4
PHX
11
LBH
3
ALA
7
IMS
2
INDY
11
DET
5
DET
14
ROA
5
IOW
13
TOR
2
MDO
15
POC
19
TXS
5
WGL
3
SNM
7
3rd 504
2017 STP
6
LBH
9
ALA
4
PHX
4
IMS
5
INDY
2
DET
7
DET
9
TXS
20
ROA
3
IOW
1
TOR
8
MDO
7
POC
7
GTW
4
WGL
4
SNM
5
4th 598
2018 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS
6
INDY
27
DET DET TXS ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW POR SNM 32nd 40
2019 STP COA ALA LBH IMS
21
INDY
18
DET DET TXS ROA TOR IOW MDO POC GTW POR LAG 29th 33

* Season still in progress.

Years Teams Races Poles Wins Top 5s Top 10s Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
16 1 234 39 24 111 169 3 (2001, 2002, 2009) 0

Indianapolis 500

Practicing for the 2007 Indianapolis 500.
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
2015 Dallara Chevrolet 5 7 Team Penske
2016 Dallara Chevrolet 9 11 Team Penske
2017 Dallara Chevrolet 19 2 Team Penske
2018 Dallara Chevrolet 8 27 Team Penske
2019 Dallara Chevrolet 12 18 Team Penske

Castroneves' 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

Complete American Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 DHL Team Penske 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 DHL Team Penske 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

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 James Rosenberg 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 James Rosenberg 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

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2012 Shell Racing Peugeot 408 Peugeot 5.7 L V8 INT CTB VEL RBP LON RIO SAL CAS TAR CTB BSB INT
14
NC† 0†
2013 Shell Racing Peugeot 408 Peugeot 5.7 L V8 INT CUR TAR SAL BRA CAS RBP
DNS
BRA VEL CUR GOI INT NC† 0†

† Ineligible for championship points.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2017 Team Penske P Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY SEB LBH COA DET WGL MOS ELK LGA PET
3
30th 30
2018 Acura Team Penske P Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
9
SEB
15
LBH
6
MDO
1
DET
2
WGL
12
MOS
5
ELK
10
LGA
10
PET
5
7th 243
2019 Acura Team Penske DPi Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
3
SEB
4
LBH
2
MDO
5
DET
3
WGL
5
MOS
5
ELK
7
LGA
2
PET
3
3rd 284
2020 Acura Team Penske DPi Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
8
BEL
WGL
MOS
ELK
LGA
MOH ATL
SEB
8th 23

References

  1. ^ ""Foi uma bênção não ir para a F1" - Hélio Castroneves - Na Mureta com Rubito #10". Acelerados (in Portuguese). 18 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Cart's European refugees". BBC News. 20 September 2001.
  3. ^ "Castroneves impresses in F1 test". BBC Sport. 21 September 2002. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ Power replaced Castroneves at Penske during tax evasion case USAToday.com, 13 January 2009
  5. ^ Graves, Gary (25 May 2009). "Castroneves ascends to new heights at Indy". USA Today. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Castroneves claims third Indy 500". BBC Sport. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  7. ^ Helio Castroneves – champcarstats.com
  8. ^ "Official Web Page". Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  9. ^ Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed
  10. ^ Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Revealed for All-Stars Season
  11. ^ Ritti, Missy (29 December 2009). Dancing Star Helio Castroneves Welcomes a Daughter. People, 29 December 2009. Retrieved from http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20333469,00.html.
  12. ^ "PICTURE GALLERY: At Home with Helio Castroneves". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Castroneves indicted on tax evasion – Yahoo News Story".
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Power replaced Castroneves at Penske during tax evasion case. Retrieved on 13 January 2009.
  16. ^ Castroneves owes  .3 million in taxes Retrieved on 27 March 2009.
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ [3]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough
Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 5
(Fall 2007 with Julianne Hough)
Succeeded by
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas
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