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|Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:49 pm Post subject: Penske at Indy 500
|Helio Castroneves shed tears of relief April 17 outside a Miami courthouse after being acquitted of federal tax evasion charges that threatened to - at the least -- curtail his racing career. On May 9 - a day before his 34th birthday - Castroneves was overcome by emotion again after winning the pole position for the Indianapolis 500.
On May 24, his tears were masked by milk poured over his head in Victory Circle.
"Incredible," shouted Castroneves, who put an exclamation point on a stellar Month of May - by him and the No. 3 Team Penske crew - by winning his third 500-Mile Race by 1.9819 seconds over 2005 champion Dan Wheldon. Danica Patrick finished a career-best third in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
It was the 15th victory for Penske at Indianapolis (seventh from the pole), and Castroneves became the ninth driver to win three or more races on the 2.5-mile oval that is being feted for its century of automotive initiatives and motorsports entertainment.
"We talked with Helio about the win of his life a couple of weeks ago, and he comes back do show you," Penske said. "Outside he has that personality, he climbs the fence, but inside he's as tough of nails. He had to be to go through what he went through the last six months."
Castroneves led the final 59 laps after passing Scott Dixon, the 2008 race winner, on the frontstretch of a restart. He withstood two more caution periods and came out ahead on a final pit stop on Lap 163 - plus the steady climb of Wheldon and Patrick - to win at least one IndyCar Series race for nine consecutive seasons.
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Doesn't quite look like the Penske we had in season 1 but still cool
Edit: thanks Reh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz0ezD9eAg8