INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — 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 biggest crowd for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
The Brazilian joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears, his former mentor at Group Penske, as the one four-time winners of “The Best Spectacle in Racing.” Mears was the final driver to hitch 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 a hundred and fifth working of the race in entrance of 135,000 followers — essentially the most at any sports activities occasion on the planet for the reason that 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 yr in the past, no followers have been allowed for the race that was delayed from Might to August. This yr, celebrities have been again and followers have been in every single place and so they have been handled to a win by probably the most standard drivers in Indy 500 historical past.
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Jenna Fryer, The Related Press