Posted March 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
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The partnership between Helio Castroneves and Penske Racing was strong and steady from the very start, and wins were expected every season. He climbed his first fence after a victory at Belle Isle in 2000, and the celebration became almost routine: Castroneves celebrated a total of 25 wins - including three Indianapolis 500s - with Penske over the next 11 years. His success dried up in 2011, though, as Castroneves suffered through his worst season in IndyCar. He went winless for the first time since he joined the season in 2001, and finished a career-worst 11th in the standings. His 34 laps led was also a career low. So Castroneves came into this season determined to get off to a good start, and did just that with a win in Sunday's season-opener at St. Petersburg. It was his first victory since Japan in September, 2010. ''It's always important to start strong in the championship,'' he said. ''For us, certainly it's even more because of the season that we had last year. For our g...
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