Helio Castroneves joined the unique membership of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners Sunday, after which scaled the fence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in entrance of the most important crowd because the begin of the pandemic.
The Brazilian joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears, his former mentor at Team Penske, as the one four-time winners of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Mears was the final driver to affix the membership in 1991.
Castroneves gained his third 500 in 2009 and has been chasing win No. 4 ever since.
At 46 years previous, in his first season now not driving for Roger Penske, he held off Alex Palou to win the one hundred and fifth working of the race in entrance of 135,000 followers — essentially the most at any sports activities occasion on this planet because the pandemic started 18 months in the past. The quantity represented 40% of the speedway’s capability and was agreed upon by well being officers.
A 12 months in the past, no followers had been allowed for the race that was delayed from May to August. This 12 months, celebrities had been again and followers had been in every single place they usually had been handled to a win by one of the crucial standard drivers in Indy 500 historical past.
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