Helio Castroneves of Team Penske – A Winning Attitude of Success!

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Helio Castronoves- Team Penske and 3-time Indy 500 Winner.

Helio Castroneves is well known for his impressive IndyCar achievements on the race track. The 3-time Indy 500 winner is currently 2nd in the points standings within the Verizon IndyCar Series for Team Penske. The 39-year old Brazilian born driver became an overnight TV sensation when he won “Dancing with the Stars” in Season 5. Prior to the Honda Indy 200 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio ; I was fortunate to have a short Q & A interview with Helio Castroneves. 

I quickly discovered why Helio is a fan favorite and meticulously fits in with Team Penske. The abundance of energy and his dynamic personality is no fluke. The motivation exhibited by Helio Castroneves ensures his success on and off the track!

What is your greatest accomplishment in motor racing?

Helio:  To be able to do what I love and fulfill my dreams.

Do you prefer to race on an oval or road course?

Helio:  Whatever I am doing. I have no preference.

What is your favorite race track?

Helio:  My favorite race track is the Indy 500.  I am a three time winner there and I still hope to win my fourth.

What do you eat to prepare you before each race?

Helio:  I eat pasta with this delicious red tomato sauce.  Gives me energy before I go out. 

When is your contract up with Team Penske?

Helio:  My contract is up this year and I look forward to working together with Roger and the team in the future.

What do you love most about the Penske organization?

Helio:  What I love most about the Penske organization is that Roger (Penske) is an incredible human being.  Everything about Penske is first class.

Would you rather be a car owner than a driver?

Helio:  I would rather be a driver.  I think I would be better at that. 

What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

Helio:  The best advice I’ve been given if you want to finish first, first you have to finish.

What motivates you?

Helio:  Winning motivates me the most.

Which is harder?  “Dancing with the Stars” or racing?

Helio:  Definitely “Dancing with the Stars.”  I was so out of my element when I had to learn ball room dancing.  It was fun, but I only plan on being a spectator for that show.

What is the best advice you could give for a rookie driver?

Helio:  Be dedicated and work hard in everything you do and it will pay off.  Most importantly, love what you do.

What do you like most about Mid-Ohio?

Helio:  I have great memories here.  I like the tradition and it’s beautiful here.  It has selective corners up and down which creates a challenge that I like.

“Be dedicated and work hard in everything you do and it will pay off.  Most importantly, love what you do.”

– Helio Castroneves, Team Penske IndyCar Driver, 3-time Indy 500 winner  

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Helio Castroneves “warming” up his engine at the Honda Indy 200.

 I spent time prior to the start of the Honda Indy 200 in the drivers grid along pit lane with Helio Castroneves. While some drivers may spend their time contemplating  focusing on the task ahead, Helio was very upbeat and went through a series of cardio workouts by running and jumping in place. The routine also consisted of stretching his neck, ankles, arms and back. One of Team Penske crew members kidded Helio: “Be careful or you’ll pull a hamstring”, he said.

 Helio just smiled and laughed, while continuing his workout tradition.415

While many of the drivers spend their travel time around the travelling around the various paddock area by using motor scooter, Helio rides his own custom bicycle throughout the weekend. It’s obvious he understands the importance of physical exercise to keep his body fit, enabling Helio’s endurance to compete at the highest level possible.

“The best advice I’ve been given if you want to finish first, first you have to finish.”

– Helio Castroneves, Team Penske IndyCar Driver, 3-time Indy 500 winner

Helio Castroneves racing in the Honda Indy 200 at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

One of the most touching moments I witnessed all weekend was the interaction between Helio Castroneves and a young lady who was a paraplegic on the grid area prior to the race. Helio was performing his cardio routine when one of his crew members, whispered in his ear. Mr. Castroneves stopped his routine, walked over to the wheel chair bound lady and greeted her with a hug and a kiss on her cheek. Helio posed for a photo with her and autographed her hat. The young lady was so ecstatic to meet him and the smile on her face light up the entire Team Penske pit row!

Helio Castroneves has a big-heart and it’s humbling to see his desire to reach out to those less fortunate in life!

 Helio Castroneves will continue to be a champion in all of his endeavors. His legacy is a winning attitude constantly motivated to achieve the highest standard of success in life!

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Helio Castroneves in his No. #3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra, Hitachi, and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car.

 

Thank you, Helio Castroneves for the opportunity to meet and interview with me. I would also like to thank Dana Smith of Team Penske for her generosity and professional courtesy. The meticulous effort of Team Penske is a business model of impeccable precision unmatched in the world of auto racing! I wish the entire organization continued success!

 

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Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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