Helio Castroneves joined the most exclusive group in the Indianapolis 500 by becoming the fourth four-time winner of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and then scaling the fence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in front of the biggest crowd since the pandemic began.
After two decades in the Penske team, Castroneves switched to Meyer Shank Racing for this year’s race Alex Palou with two laps to go, Palou held off the win.
Castroneves joins A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., and Rick Mears – his former mentor with Team Penske – on the list of four-time winners. Mears was the last driver to join the club in 1991.
After the win, Castroneves drove his winning lap, stopped his car with bricks just behind the starting position and climbed his typical fence together with his crew before continuing the celebration on the front stretch.
– Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 30, 2021
Castroneves previously won the Indy 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009. This was the only IndyCar race on Castroneves’ schedule that season.
The Indy 500 took place in front of 135,000 spectators, around 40% of the grandstand capacity, making it the largest sporting event in the world since the pandemic began. The late race last August took place for the first time without a spectator.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.