Race Weekend Central

If Hélio Castroneves Wants IndyCar Title, He Needs to Win it This Year

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Hélio Castroneves’ victory at Iowa Speedway last Sunday was a feel-good moment for Team Penske, the entire Verizon IndyCar Series fan base and of course, the veteran racer. It marked the end of a three-year drought and a spot of rejuvenation for the 42-year-old, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion. It also put him within close range …

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Pace Laps: Fan Favorites Shine in NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar

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Cup Series: Truex Out-Performs Himself in Kentucky – Even on Martin Truex Jr.’s terms, Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 was a dream night. Leading 152 of 267 laps, Truex jumped to an almost-unheard of 16-second lead on second-place Kyle Larson as the field approached the final lap. And even after a last-second caution and a …

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Did You Notice?: How Quickly Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Winners Forgotten

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Did You Notice? … By Wednesday, no one seems to care who triumphed on the greatest weekend in racing? That the biggest story from both the Indianapolis 500 and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 had nothing to do with who won? It’s not just that both races suffered through ratings declines (both were down 13 percent). Other sideshow-like …

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Helio Castroneves Finishes 2nd in Indy 500: ‘This Place Brought the Best Out of Me’

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One word to recap Helio Castroneves’ 2017 Indianapolis 500? Wicked. Even from the drop of the green flag to start 500 miles, the three-time winner was at a disadvantage, starting from his worst career qualifying position at Indy in 19th. The day quickly turned from bad to scary, as he was the next driver behind …

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Takuma Sato Holds Off Helio Castroneves for Indianapolis 500 Victory

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Forget 2012. Takuma Sato is now a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Following a late restart with Max Chilton out front, it was Sato who perfected the pass with five laps to go and held off the three-time race winner Helio Castroneves to win the 101st Indianapolis 500. The win, the first for a Japanese driver in …

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Helio Castroneves Tops Final Indy 500 Practice

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Team Penske may have struggled in qualifying, but they have the last laugh before Sunday’s 101st Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves led the way in the extended one-hour session, ripping around the 2.5-mile track in 39.5819 seconds (227.377 mph). The three-time race winner ran 28 laps and was more than a full tenth of a second …

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James Hinchcliffe Uses Pit Strategy to Claim Comeback Win

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James Hinchcliffe took the lead when Scott Dixon pitted under green on lap 54. Shortly afterwards, a full course yellow came out for Alexander Rossi’s blown engine.  From there, Hinchcliffe held on through a late restart to take his first win since his near-fatal injuries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015. Hinchcliffe seemed relieved …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Long Beach Pole with Track Record

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On Saturday afternoon, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won the pole for Sunday’s 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves’ lap of 66.2254 seconds (106.980 mph) is a brand-new track record. Afterwards, Castroneves was very pleased with his performance. “[The] car felt pretty good,” Castroneves said during the Firestone Fast Six press conference.  “Especially …

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Helio Castroneves Craving End to Winless Drought

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As the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season comes to a close this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Helio Castroneves hopes to pull a win before the long offseason. Wanting to win may not be unique, but consider this: Castroneves is riding a 42-race winless drought dating back to Belle Isle in June 2014. Though he stands as …

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Helio Castroneves Wants Head Protection for 2017

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Even before his scary pit road crash during the Verizon IndyCar Series’ race at Pocono Raceway in August, Helio Castroneves has had his eyes set on safety – especially head protection. After Alexander Rossi flew and landed on top of his No. 3 Team Penske machine while exiting pit lane, it’s safe to say Castroneves would …

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