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Helio Castroneves used a bold pass of Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar season opener through the streets of St. Petersburg.
Castroneves' victory Sunday comes as the Brazilian is attempting to rebound from the worst year of his career. He went winless last season for the first time in IndyCar and finished 11th in the points.
The Penske Racing driver gave Chevrolet a win in its debut race. The engine manufacturer returned to IndyCar after a six-year absence.
Dixon finished second for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in a Honda. He was also runner-up to Castroneves in both 2006 and 2007.
Pole-sitter Will Power failed to overcome a decision to pit early for gas and finished seventh.
Former Formula One star Rubens Barrichello was 17th in his IndyCar debut.
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"This one's for Dan," Helio Castroneves radioed to his crew as he brought his race car to a stop along the newly dedicated "Dan Wheldon Way" on the St. Petersburg waterfront race course.
Moments earlier, he took the checkered flag in Sunday's IndyCar Series season-opener and, in keeping with his trademark, victory fence-climbing tradition, the three-time...
[youtube]3EBSB664fKw[/youtube]After years of contending for wins and championships, Helio Castroneves finally appeared to have run out of gas in 2011. He fell to 11th in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, created controversy during the year on and off-track, and failed to win a race for the first time since 1999 -- the year before he joined Team Penske.Consider all of that officially...
Helio Castroneves made a bold pass on the outside of Scott Dixon to win the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. After his victory, the Brazilian racer ran over to a tribute for the late race-car driver Dan Wheldon and pounded on the street sign that bears his name, "Dan Wheldon Way."
It was the Indycar season opener and the first victory for Castroneves since 2010. It...
Helio Castroneves didn't realize how emotional he would be when he climbed the fence at St. Petersburg to honor the late Dan Wheldon.
After winning the IndyCar Series opener Sunday in Wheldon's adopted hometown, Castroneves climbed the fence in Turn 10 and patted the Dan Wheldon Way sign that was erected earlier this month. Wheldon was killed in a crash in the October season...
Helio Castroneves has become the first three-time winner in the history of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, pulling away in the closing stages to win by 5.5 seconds over Scott Dixon and officially put a rough 2011 campaign behind him.After crossing the finish line, Castroneves came to a stop at Turn 10, which was recently rechristened 'Dan Wheldon Way' in honor of...