Castroneves wins Indy 500 watched by 135,000 fans

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Helio Castroneves won the 105th edition of the Indy 500 after holding off Alex Palou on Sunday in front of more than 135,000 fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

Castroneves, who also won the race in 2001, 2002 and 2009, joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the event. Castroneves passed Palou for good with two laps left and finished 0.4928 seconds ahead of him for the victory.

“It means a lot,” Castroneves said of the reception following his victory. “I’ve been in the sport for a long time, and I hope I have more friends than actual enemies. And even those who don’t like me, I hope they understand that this is a very difficult place to achieve. And that meant we did something very special.”

The 46-year-old Castroneves, who was one of the oldest drivers in the field, also became the fourth-oldest winner in Indianapolis 500 history, behind only Al Unser (47, 1987), Bobby Unser (47, 1981) and Emerson Fittipaldi (46, 1993).

Castroneves gave a shoutout to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter back Tom Brady and golf star Phil Mickelson after taking the checkered flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 50-year-old Mickelson and the 43-year-old Brady both won major championships this year.

“I’ve run two races this year and won two races, I’d say that’s pretty good,” Castroneves said. “I don’t know if this is a good comparison, but Tom Brady won the Super Bowl and Phil Mickelson won the [PGA Championship], so here you go. The older guys are still kicking the younger guys’ butts.”

It was the first Indy 500 win for Meyer Shank Racing. Castroneves earned his first three wins at Indianapolis with Team Penske.

Castroneves’ former Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who won the 2019 Indy 500, finished third, followed by 21-year-old Pato O’Ward. Ed Carpenter finished fifth.

 

 

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