Helio Castroneves returns to the track where he got his first podium

Gallery Helio Castroneves 2012

Gallery Helio Castroneves 1998

Helio Castroneves will race on Saturday the eighth race of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Milwaukee Mile, a one mile oval located in the city of West Allis, in Wisconsin. It was on this almost 100 year old track, where racing began in 1903, that Helio got the first podium of his career in Indy.

Back in 1998, in his rookie year in the then Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), Castroneves raced with the Bettenhausen Motorsports team, with a Reynard Mercedes Goodyear No. 16, and on May 31st he crossed the finish line in 2nd, which was also known as his best result in years.

“It was a very special day and I’ll never forget it. On the last lap, I was out of fuel and crossed the finish line in momentum. It was by very little that I did not lose the position for Al Unser Jr.,” Castroneves said, recalling the fact that the Al Unser Junior, a Team Penske driver then, finished in the 3rd position with a difference of 0s033 to the Brazilian, who had just turned 23 years of age. The winner of that race was Jimmy Vasser, with Chip Ganassi Racing.

 

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