Castroneves visits the Big Apple; Kelley Racing hires Renna as test driver. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 30, 2002 -- Helio Castroneves has been on a whirlwind tour since becoming the first driver to win in each of his first two Indianapolis 500...
Castroneves visits the Big Apple; Kelley Racing hires Renna as test driver.
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 30, 2002 -- Helio Castroneves has been on a whirlwind tour since becoming the first driver to win in each of his first two Indianapolis 500 starts. After capturing the checkered flag on May 26, Castroneves collected a record $1,606,215 at the Victory Celebration May 27.
On May 28 he headed to New York City were he participated in several radio, TV and print interviews before heading to a media lunch at the famous Tavern on the Green in New York's Central Park. He then was whisked off to Wall Street where he rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Castroneves next tried his hand at America's pastime by throwing out the first pitch at the New York Mets/ Philadelphia Phillies game at Shea Stadium.
The Brazilian woke early the next morning to appear on "Live with Regis and Kelly" before flying to Richmond, Va. to test in preparation for the June 30 SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway.
On May 31, Castroneves will take part in a media lunch at the Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for the June 8 Boomtown 500 at TMS.
Kelley Racing hires Renna: Kelley Racing hired former Indy Lights and Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Tony Renna to be the test driver for their Indy Racing League and newly formed Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series teams. In addition to his testing duties, Renna also will serve as driver coach for Jason Priestley in the Infiniti Pro Series. Renna has been racing since 1982 and, in addition to his Indy Lights and Barber Dodge Pro Series experience, Renna also served as a test driver for PacWest Racing Group's Champ Car effort.
Buhl visiting Texas kids: Indy Racing standout Robbie Buhl will visit with children June 5 at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas as part of his involvement with "Racing For Kids."
Indianapolis 500 Notes and Stats: Tomas Scheckter was named Indianapolis 500 Bank One Co-Rookie of the Year along with Alex Barron. At 21 years, 247 days, Scheckter is the third youngest rookie to receive the award behind Josele Garza, 19 years, 70 days (1981) and Michael Andretti, 21 years, 235 days (1984). Andretti was also a co-rookie of the year with Roberto Guerrero--Despite finishing 24th in the "500," Sarah Fisher set a record by completing 196 of the 200 laps, the most of any woman to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500. When Lyn St. James won Bank One Rookie of the Year in 1992, she completed 193 laps on her way to seventh place. Janet Guthrie finished ninth in 1978, but completed only 190 laps--Helio Castroneves extended the record of victories for car No. 3 in the Indianapolis 500. Castroneves won with the No. 3 on his car, the 10th time that number has won at Indianapolis. The next closest number is No. 2, with eight victories--Castroneves and his Marlboro Team Penske crew became only the fourth team to win the Coors Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year. Penske Racing did it in 1981 with Bobby Unser and 1985 with Danny Sullivan, while Team Green accomplished the double in 1995 with Jacques Villeneuve--Two-time winner Arie Luyendyk moved past three-time winner Johnny Rutherford for fifth all-time miles completed in "500" competition. Luyendyk has completed 7,392.5 miles in 17 starts at the Brickyard. Al Unser Jr. is now 8th in miles completed, moving past Cliff Bergere. The two-time winner has completed 6,220 miles in 15 starts.