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The Curious Case of Helio Castroneves, David Reutimann, and Jenson Button

With the running of the 50th Coca-Cola 600, the biggest weekend of racing has mercifully come to an end. Finally. And with Monday’s running of NASCAR’s longest race of the season nearly being a washout as well, another first-time winner was crowned this year. David Reutimann embodied the old racing adage, of “it’s better to be lucky than good” on a day when he was bouncing off walls and driving Tony Stewart up them. While some may discredit his first career victory as nothing more than a lucky guess by his crew chief, the win still stands and the only asterisk involved has to do with the mileage run. The win also stands in good company, as Reutimann joined Helio Castroneves and Jensen Button to make up the trio of drivers who all won a marquee event this past weekend in their respective series.

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2009 Indy 500 Breakdown: From Zero to Hero for Helio Castroneves

*In a Nutshell:* Helio Castroneves, just recently returned to the track after acquittal on tax evasion charges, probably gave the IRL the feel good story of the year at Indianapolis. Taking the lead away from Scott Dixon with just under 60 laps to go, he never gave it up in coasting to his third Indy 500 win. An emotional Castroneves, who started from the pole, also scored a record 15th victory in the big race for team owner Roger Penske. Dan Wheldon finished second, followed by Danica Patrick in third, Townsend Bell fourth, and Will Power rounding out the top 5. *Who Should Have Won:* Anyone who was driving for Penske or Chip Ganassi, the two reigning super teams in the IndyCar Series. Just look at the leaderboard for proof. Four guys led this race: two of them drove for Roger Penske, and two of them for Chip Ganassi. There were some great runs from other teams, and the big four didn’t sweep the top 5 after some problems on pit road for several of them; but when it comes right down to it, they still have a firm hold on things in this series while everyone else is just playing catch up.

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10 Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

1. Rumba, Anyone? - Two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves -- better known to the general public as last year's winner of the mega hit TV show "Dancing With The Stars" -- seems to be interested in following such open-wheel standouts as Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr., Dario Franchitti, Patrick Carpentier, and AJ Allmendinger into the NASCAR ranks. However, the Brazilian initially refuted a Los Angeles Times story published last week that reported he was interested in talking to Penske Racing, whom he drives for in the IRL, about a move to their NASCAR operation. "I did not understand much," Castroneves said of the journalist writing the story. "I found my English is apparently getting worse. [They] definitely took it out of context.”

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2 Countries, 2 Races, 2 Divergent Outcomes On Diversity

It was a tale of two cities, two countries, and two completely different races. But those two checkered flags converged into one defining story, leaving fans both delighted and disappointed by the future of diversity in a sport that's lacked it for far too long. The events were held outside the country, on opposite ends of the world; but considering the morals of the topic at hand, it's ironic they were held so far apart.

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