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October 3, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
In motor-racing terms, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves found himself dropping to the rear of the pack on "Dancing with the Stars," and now he'll need to charge back up through the field. But at least Castroneves survived to dance another week. The Brazilian driver, who won the fifth season of "Dancing," returned as part of this season's show featuring past winners and fan favorites. His partner is professional dancer Chelsie Hightower. Other contestants include former NFL running back Emmitt Smith and Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race the former Verizon IndyCar Series champion won in 2010. Hunter-Reay, who drives for the Andretti Autosport team, turned a lap of 104.462 mph on the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach street course Saturday to capture the first starting spot. His teammate James Hinchcliffe qualified second among the 23 cars in the field at 104.280 mph. Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was third and Josef Newgarden qualified fourth.
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July 9, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
IndyCar will have its second double-header of the season this weekend, this time in Toronto, a format that series point leader Helio Castroneves said is "a little bit rough" on drivers and teams. As it did in Detroit in early June, the Izod IndyCar Series will hold a race Saturday on the streets of Toronto followed by another race there Sunday. The format is one way IndyCar hopes to boost the popularity of the sport. "We don't have power steering," Castroneves told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Two French drivers topped the speed charts in Friday's second practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the second race of the season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap at 102.457 mph at the 1.97-mile, 11-turn course on the city's seaside streets. Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was second with a speed of 102.440 mph. They were followed by rookie Jack Hawksworth, defending Long Beach winner Takuma Sato and two-time Long Beach winner Will Power.
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August 25, 2009 | Jim Peltz
As he raced toward Infineon Raceway's second turn, Helio Castroneves felt the front suspension of his red-and-white No. 3 race car snap. Suddenly, he was careening off the pavement and into the dirt around the track, coming to a stop in swirls of dust. His race over, Castroneves then waited for emergency crews to pick him up. It was an unfulfilling end Sunday compared with a year ago, when Castroneves basked in the glory of winning the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon, with the flag of his native Brazil draped over him in Victory Lane.
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March 25, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Helio Castroneves used a bold pass of Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar season opener Sunday through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he celebrated with a tribute to the late Dan Wheldon . Castroneves stopped his Penske Racing Chevrolet in Turn 10, which this year was renamed Dan Wheldon Way in honor of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. After climbing the fence, his traditional victory celebration, he ran to the street sign and patted it, then emotionally doubled over against the wall.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Helio Castroneves is a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 but there's one prize that's always eluded him: An IndyCar Series championship. So the 38-year-old Brazilian who drives for Team Penske will try again this season. "That's the goal, and [winning] the Indy 500 [again]," Castroneves said Friday during a visit to Yorba Linda, where he filmed a safe-driving commercial for auto-club sponsor AAA. "Unfortunately [the title] escaped from our hands [last year] but what are you going to do?"
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May 22, 2010
Helio Castroneves put his foot down Saturday and proved he's still the one to beat at Indy. The defending 500 champion and three-time race winner wrapped up a wild qualification day by topping 228 mph on two of his four laps, averaging 227.970 mph to win his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole. Nobody, including Castroneves, had touched 227.9 in practice even on one lap. Fans were so shocked by the burst of speed that they gave Castroneves standing ovations after his second, third and fourth laps.
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August 20, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
If you mention to Helio Castroneves that he has one win so far this season in the Izod IndyCar Series, in Alabama back in April, he'll politely but firmly correct you. "I had another one at Edmonton," Castroneves said Friday with a soft laugh before practicing for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. "I'll always say that it was a win. " The Brazilian driver was poised for the victory July 25 at the Canadian race. But in a controversial call near the end, Castroneves was penalized by race officials for blocking his Team Penske teammate Will Power, dropping Castroneves to a 10th-place finish.
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March 26, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
As the world turns, so does our image of race drivers. Or, to put it another way, would A.J. Foyt have gone on television to do ballroom dancing? Helio Castroneves is the anti-A.J., except when making Indy cars go fast. He is smooth, good-looking, media-savvy. He works out daily, weighs about as much as Foyt's bib overalls, wears sunglasses in the shade and plays tennis. In his prime and time, A.J. was gruff, never met a reporter he didn't dislike, got his exercise under the hood of a car and would have considered tennis a sissy sport.
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February 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Helio Castroneves is a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 but there's one prize that's always eluded him: An IndyCar Series championship. So the 38-year-old Brazilian who drives for Team Penske will try again this season. "That's the goal, and [winning] the Indy 500 [again]," Castroneves said Friday during a visit to Yorba Linda, where he filmed a safe-driving commercial for auto-club sponsor AAA. "Unfortunately [the title] escaped from our hands [last year] but what are you going to do?"
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October 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
As a youngster racing in his native New Zealand, Scott Dixon would drive with a pillow strapped to his behind because he was too short to see above the cockpit. Now the reserved Dixon, known as the "Iceman" because he prefers to let his racing do the talking, stands above all his peers after winning his third IndyCar series championship. As Team Penske driver Will Power was winning the MAVTV 500 on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to capture the title by 27 points over Helio Castroneves.
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October 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Scott Dixon won his third IndyCar championship Saturday night in a race that came down to mere survival. As Team Penske's Will Power won the race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to win the title by 27 points over Power teammate Helio Castroneves. Dixon needed only to finish fifth or better in the MAVTV 500 to clinch the Izod IndyCar series championship. Castroneves finished sixth, one lap down to the leaders. But at least those two drivers saw the checkered flag.
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Team Penske swept the top three qualifying spots for the IndyCar season finale Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Australian Will Power won the pole position for the MAVTV 500 on Friday with a two-lap average speed of 220.775 mph at the two-mile oval. He was followed by Helio Castroneves at 219.677 mph and A.J. Allmendinger at 218.894 mph. Castroneves trails Scott Dixon by 25 points in the championship battle, and Dixon -- who qualified seventh -- needs only to finish fifth or better to clinch the title, regardless of where Castroneves finishes.
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar title fight is down to two drivers but, given the series' record this year, the season finale at Fontana should be a much more wide-open affair. Ten drivers have won this year in the Izod IndyCar Series, including four first-time winners, ahead of Saturday night's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Either Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves will be crowned series champion after the race. Dixon, who already has two IndyCar titles, holds a 25-point lead over Castroneves, who is seeking his first championship.
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October 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
This year's IndyCar championship was Helio Castroneves' to lose, and he's nearly done just that. The Brazilian driver had a 49-point lead in the title standings with three races left in the season, only to have a disastrous double-header in Houston two weeks ago because of mechanical woes. So now Castroneves is 25 points behind Scott Dixon as the Izod IndyCar Series comes to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for the season finale Saturday night. If Dixon finishes fifth or better in the MAVTV 500, the New Zealander will capture his third series title, regardless of how Castroneves finishes.
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September 23, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and other IndyCar drivers are scheduled Tuesday to hold a daylong test session in Fontana that's free to the public. The drivers are to run practice laps from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Auto Club Speedway, where the Izod IndyCar Series' season finale, the MAVTV 500, is scheduled Oct. 19 under the lights. The race will decide the series championship. Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former "Dancing with the Stars" champ in search of his first title, holds a 49-point lead over Dixon with three races left in the season.
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