Posted October 06, 2013 on
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Helio Castroneves' title hopes likely ended Sunday with a second consecutive mechanical failure at the Grand Prix of Houston.
The IndyCar Series points leader came to a stop on the course at Reliant Park just 11 laps into the race with a broken gearbox.
An issue with the gearbox in Saturday's race caused Castroneves to finish 18th, while championship challenger Scott Dixon went on to win. Dixon cut his deficit from 49 points to eight that day.
Sunday's mechanical failure sent a devastated Castroneves into the garage, where he watched helplessly as his Penske Racing crew tried to repair his car. Team owner Roger Penske retreated without comment into a team transporter.
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Houston TX- Entering this weekend’s Dual in Houston, it looked like the Izod IndyCar Series championship was Helio Castroneves’ to lose.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion has never won a league championship but was well on his way to winning his first in 2013.
Castroneves was the only driver to complete every lap entering Houston and had 15 top 10 finishes in the 16 races...
IndyCar's return to Houston got off to a bumpy start.
A bump in the concrete in Turn 1 at Reliant Park delayed practice Friday while IndyCar officials erected a chicane of tires that drivers had to navigate their way around when they finally got on the course.
The race promoter planned to bring in equipment Friday night to grind down the area for a more permanent fix to the...
After a dismal month of August, Scott Dixon had a polar opposite day today and won the Grand Prix of Houston-Race 1. Helio Castroneves on the other had by far his worst race weekend of the year–finishing in 18th.
“I hope they’re worried, man,” said Dixon. “It’s a 41-point turnaround today. And hopefully we can have another good race tomorrow. It would be nice to be in...
Houston, TX- It wasn’t the type of day for Izod IndyCar Series title contenders wanted when they practiced for the first time ever in the streets of Houston.
Helio Castroneves enters this weekend with a sizable 49 points lead over second place Scott Dixon. The next closest guy to him in the championship hunt in Simon Pagenaud whos’ 70 points out.
All three had high hopes for...
Houston, TX- Most people will talk about the gearing issues which plagued Helio Castroneves in the Houston weekend, and rightfully so.
The Brazilian entered the Duals with a 49 point lead over second place in the standings Scott Dixon. For two straight races though he had a faulty gear box giving him finishes of 18th and 24th respectively.
Those finishes dropped him out of the points...