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article imageINDYCAR: Castroneves still climbing fences after 29 wins

By John Duarte     Jun 2, 2014 in Sports
Detroit - Helio Castroneves cruised under the checkered flag and, after bringing his car to a stop, immediately headed for the front grandstand fence for a celebration that has marked each of his 29 wins.
Castroneves wasted no time in climbing the perimeter fence before an appreciative crowd, something that has marked the Brazilian's celebration of race victories since he adopted it on the very same circuit where he won his first race in June 2000. The jubilant Castroneves says the celebration never gets tiring, though he admits to being more composed.
“I was able to hold my emotions better,” said Castroneves, now 39. “I guess I'm getting older.”
The win in Race 2 at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit was the first for Castroneves since June 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway, the site of the next Verizon IndyCar Series race.
Will Power finished second in Race 2, after celebrating a victory in the front end of the doubleheader 24 hours earlier. Charlie Kimball was third.
This latest victory ties Castroneves with Rick Mears in 11th spot for career wins in IndyCar. Both won 29 races. Castroneves is also just one Indianapolis 500 win shy of tying Mears, who is one of three drivers to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing four times. A.J. Foyt and Al Unser are the other four-time winners of the Indy 500. Castroneves came close to joining that elite group this year, but came up 0.06 of a second short. He feels coming so close triggered something.
“(The) Indy 500. It just clicked something. We were close at the Indy 500, but we were able to win here.,” said Castroneves, remind everyone of the end goal. “More than anything, I want to win this championship.”
Despite finishing second the past two years and four times in his 17-year career, Castroneves has never won the championship in IndyCar racing.
Power's successful weekend, a win and a runner-up finish, moved him into the top spot on the Verizon IndyCar Series. Right behind him is Castroneves, who trails by 19 points. Ryan Hunter-Reay had disappointing finishes at the Dual in Detroit (16th in Race 1 and 19th in Race 2) dropped him to third overall in the driver standings.
“I'll try to erase this one from my memory and move on to Texas,” said Hunter-Reay. “Nothing we did worked this weekend. We will just move on from these two races and focus on the future.”
The next race in the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, the Firestone 600 will be run June 7, 2014, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
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