The final three-time winner to be featured in our Centennial Interview Series is the only one with a shot at turning it into four: Helio Castroneves. Helio recounted his career at Indianapolis with us from his rookie year in 2001 to today, including his side of the story regarding the controversy with Paul Tracy in 2002, how it felt to come so close to winning three in a row in his first three tries in 2003, and the emotions behind his win in 2009 from both a professional and personal standpoint. He also described working for Roger Penske at IMS and why his driving style is so well-suited to the Speedway. Helio talked about how he deals with the pressure to become a four-time winner and what he’s learned from his mentor at Team Penske, Rick Mears. He addressed suggestions that his three wins may have been less challenging due to the era in which they came, and he spoke about why so many Brazilians have been attracted to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing over the past two decades. Finally, after identifying a favorite memory and a greatest disappointment, Helio shared with us what being a champion of the Indianapolis 500 means to him.
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