Helio Castroneves: "This is where it all started for me, Indianapolis."
Helio Castroneves made climbing a fence after winning a race his trademark celebration. The Team Penske driver has become the Indianapolis 500 version of Spider-Man by climbing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fence three times.
With IMS replacing fencing all the way around the 2.5-mile oval as part of its Project 100 refurbishment, on Feb. 2 track president J. Douglas Boles presented Castroneves a commemorative piece of the old fencing taken from where Castroneves did his climbing, framed along with photos of the Indy wins.
"I'm speechless," Castroneves said. "This is such a special gift. This is where it all started for me, Indianapolis. This is cool, it's incredible. I'm speechless. I so appreciate this. It's priceless."
Castroneves, who will drive for Team Penske for a 17th season this year, returned to IMS on Feb. 3 to assist in attaching a portion of the new track fencing. If he wins the 100th running this May, Castroneves would join legendary drivers A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser as the only drivers to win the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" four times each.