IRL: Helio Castroneves 2004 year-end notes

Helio Castroneves 3 2004 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series Statistics Number of Starts: 16 Laps Completed: 3299/3305 (99.8%) Front Row Starts: 5 (31%) Top-Three Finishes: 5 Wins: ...

Helio Castroneves 3 2004 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota

2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series Statistics
Number of Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 3299/3305 (99.8%)
Front Row Starts: 5 (31%)
Top-Three Finishes: 5
Wins: 1
Average Starting Position: 6.3
Top-Five Finishes: 6 (38%)
Average Finishing Position: 6.8
Top-Ten Finishes: 13 (81%)
Laps Led: 505
Poles: 5 (31%)

Indy Car Career Statistics
Indy Car Seasons: 7
Top-Three Finishes: 31 (24%)
Career Starts: 128
Races Led: 55 (43%)
Race Wins: 12
Laps Led: 2282
Poles: 16
Top-Ten Finishes: 72 (56%)
Wins From the Pole: 6

Fast Facts:

* Castroneves finished fourth in the 2004 IndyCar Series Championship point standings with 446 points. In his sixteen starts, Castroneves earned one win, five poles, six top-five finishes, and led laps in nine races for a total of 505 laps.

* Castroneves finished the season tied for first in poles (5); was one of only two drivers to finish every race running; second in laps led (505); second in laps completed (3,299); third in races led (9); and tied for fourth in top-five finishes (6).

* Castroneves' win at the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway coupled with Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr.'s win at the season opener in Miami marked the only two victories for Toyota engines during the 2004 season.

* With his win in Texas, Castroneves is now tied for second on the Penske Racing career wins list with Al Unser Jr. and Danny Sullivan (all three earned 12 wins for the Team). Rick Mears holds the record for most Penske Racing wins with 29.

* After earning his fourth consecutive and fifth overall pole of 2004 at the season finale in Texas, Castroneves tied the IndyCar series record for consecutive poles set by Billy Boat in 1998. Castroneves' pole also marked his 15th for Penske Racing, which moved him into a tie with Gil de Ferran and Bobby Unser for third on the Team's all-time pole list.

* Castroneves earned the Marlboro Lap Leader Award four times in 2004 after leading the most laps at the season opener in Miami, at the final IndyCar Series race at Nazareth Speedway and in the final two races of the season at California and Texas.

* In Miami, Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr.'s victory coupled with Castroneves' second place finish marked Marlboro Team Penske's sixth 1-2 finish in the Indy Racing League and Team Penske's 33rd 1-2 finish in their history.

* In 2004, Marlboro Team Penske earned front row sweeps at Nazareth and the second race in Texas (Castroneves started on the pole both times and Hornish Jr. started second) for a total of five front row sweeps since the Team joined the IRL full-time in 2002.

* Castroneves has finished in the top-five in 26 of the 47 (57%) races he's run since joining the IRL full-time in 2002 including Miami, Japan, Richmond, Nashville, Nazareth and Texas this season; he's finished in the top-ten in 39 out of 47 races (83%).

* In 2002, Castroneves, at age 27, became the youngest driver in history to win the Indianapolis 500 twice and the only driver to win the race in his first two starts. Louis Meyer won his second Indianapolis 500 at the age of 28 and A.J. Foyt won his second when he was 29 years old.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Billy Boat , Helio Castroneves , Rick Mears , Bobby Unser , Danny Sullivan , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske