Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet continued his strong form from the Indianapolis 500 last weekend as on Friday, the opening day of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear he topped the time-sheets with the fastest combined time of the day with a 01:15.1511s.
The Brazilian heads into today’s opening race of the Belle Isle double header having taken the lead in the series standing on 245 points, 11 ahead of team mate and reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud, Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Castroneves came with a hare’s breathe of winning his fourth Indianapolis 500, that will have to wait another year as Spider-Man shifts his attention back to the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Castroneves. who is celebrating 20 years in the Verizon IndyCar Series is aiming for his fourth win at the Belle Isle Raceway having won here back to back in 2000-2001 and 2014. The win in 2000, was the Brazilian’s first ever Verizon IndyCar Series victory.
The 2014 race win here at Belle Isle was Helio Castroneves last win in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Brazilian has been extremely consistent and that is what has helped him to get out in front at the top of the points standings.
Speaking following Friday’s action, Castroneves commented by saying:
“When you win your first race ever, you do have good memories. “In race-car driving, some drivers’ careers, some tracks are really, really suitable. (At Belle Isle,) probably because the combination with the asphalt, concrete, it suits me really well.
He continued by saying:
It’s extremely important to come out of the truck with the car well set up. I’m very glad we did that again this year.