INDIANAPOLIS – Its been a long 47 races since Helio Castroneves last went to victory lane. In fact, he hasn’t won an IndyCar race since Belle Isle in 2014. But, that could realistically change this weekend. In fact, the Month of May could be a really huge month for the Team Penske driver.
First up though is the IndyCar Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio) where Castroneves has had some great success of the three year history of the event. In three tries, the popular Brazilian driver has had two podium finishes here.
Castroneves, 41, finished third in the inaugural event in 2014 then second last year. Sandwiched in-between that was a sixth place effort in 2015. On top of that, Castroneves enters this weekend’s race with a ton of momentum, as he’s had a top 10 finish in each of the four races this season. Furthermore, dating back to last year, Castroneves has strung together eight straight top 10’s to his credit as well.
That’s why I not only feel that a top 10 is basically a guarantee for Helio this weekend, but a win could be on the horizon too.
Say he does win on Saturday afternoon on the 2.439-mile road course, what would happen if he went on to win the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 too? He would not just become the first driver to win both of the Verizon IndyCar Series races at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the same year, he’d also become the first driver ever to win both races in general. Plus, if he won the GP, it would end a winless drought. Then, if he wins the ‘500, he’d join the four-win club too.
Overall, this could be one of the greatest Month of May’s ever for Castroneves.