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Monday, May 31, 2021

Castroneves hold Off Palou wins 2021 Indy 500 title, record 4th time

Helio Castroneves Passed Alex Palou wins Indy 500 title for 4th time at Indianapolis 2021.




 To cap a chaotic, pass-happy Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon, Helio Castroneves gave the 135,000 race fans a gift to make up for their absence doing Impossible things at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" one year ago.


For Helio Castroneves, Indy provided a professional rebirth that pushed him into an elite club that last welcomed a new member 30 years ago. 


 The longtime Team Penske driver, who won this race in 2000, 2001 and 2009,  delivered his new team Meyer Shank Racing its first-ever victory by holding off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Spaniard Alex Palou on the final lap to secure his fourth Indianapolis 500 title in 2021 season.

He became just the fourth four-time winner of the Indy 500 on Sunday in front of 135,000 fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, easily the largest and loudest sporting event since the start of the pandemic.


 The win puts Castroneves in one of IndyCar racing’s most illustrious clubs. He joins A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as the only drivers to win the Indy 500 four times in the race's 105-year history.


 At 46, Castroneves, who doesn't have a full-time IndyCar Series ride this season, is one of the oldest winners of the 500 in the race's history. Al Unser was just shy of 48 when he won in 1987.


 Castroneves became the fourth-oldest winner in Indianapolis 500 history, behind Al Unser (47, 1987), Bobby Unser (47, 1981) and Emerson Fittipaldi (46, 1993).






IndyCar 500 results and points standings after the 105th Indy 2021




Here is the finishing order with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out:



1. (8) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 200, Running

2. (6) Alex Palou, Honda, 200, Running

3. (26) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 200, Running

4. (12) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 200, Running

5. (4) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 200, Running

6. (23) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 200, Running

7. (31) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 200, Running

8. (3) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 200, Running

9. (24) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 200, Running

10. (5) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 200, Running

11. (9) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 200, Running

12. (21) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running

13. (19) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 200, Running

14. (15) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running

15. (22) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200, Running

16. (2) Colton Herta, Honda, 200, Running

17. (1) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running

18. (20) Jack Harvey, Honda, 200, Running

19. (25) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running

20. (17) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 200, Running

21. (16) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 200, Running

22. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 200, Running

23. (30) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 199, Running

24. (29) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 199, Running

25. (13) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 199, Running

26. (27) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 199, Running

27. (14) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 199, Running

28. (11) Ed Jones, Honda, 199, Running

29. (10) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 198, Running

30. (32) Will Power, Chevrolet, 197, Running

31. (33) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, 169, Contact

32. (18) Graham Rahal, Honda, 118, Contact

33. (28) Stefan Wilson, Honda, 32, Contact





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