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INDY 500 POLE DAY QUALIFYING
2-Time Indianapolis 500 winner, Helio Castroneves, was very happy with his qualifying run. Helio had the second fastest speed of 228.008 MPH at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN on May 20, 2006. Helio will start in the middle of the first row. (UPI Photo/ Darlene Coons)
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Hélio Castroneves (born Hélio Castro Neves; May 10, 1975 in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil) is a Brazilian auto racing driver currently competing in the North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 14 wins and 28 poles, and has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth.

Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009, making him one of only nine drivers to date to have won at least three. He finished second to teammate and countryman Gil de Ferran in 2003. Castroneves has won four pole positions for the Indy 500, including back-to-back poles in 2009 and 2010 for the first time since Scott Brayton.

Starting his career in karting, Castroneves later raced in the Paul Stewart Racing team, and finished third in the 1995 British Formula Three Championship.

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