Castroneves eager to chase history

It's safe to say that two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves enters the 90th running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" as a favorite to add a third victory to his resume.

Castroneves leads the IndyCar Series point standings with two victories, at St. Petersburg, Fla., and Motegi, Japan, in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone. If Castroneves wins May 28, he will become the youngest three-time winner in the history of the race. Castroneves turns 31 on May 10; Louis Meyer was seven weeks shy of his 32nd birthday when he earned his third Indianapolis victory in 1936.

"I can't wait to get to Indy and get the month started," Castroneves said. "The team has been working really well together this year, and it shows in our results. To come to Indy leading the points is a great feeling for us, and I just hope we're still leading the points when we leave at the end of the month."

Castroneves was recognized for his strong start this season by finishing second in first-quarter voting in the Speed Channel Driver of the Year contest. He received one first-place vote and 68 points.

NHRA Top Fuel dragster driver Melanie Troxel topped the voting with 82 points and became the first woman to lead quarterly voting. A total of 14 drivers scored points in the first-quarter voting by the panel of 17 journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S.

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