Four-Time ‘500’ Winners’ Club Welcomes Newest Member at IMS

Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears, the first race car drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, have been photographed together many times over the years, including a famous session for the cover of the event’s official program in 2013. Castroneves has experienced a wide range of emotions in the two months since wildly celebrating on the front straightaway, but spending the day with Foyt, Unser and Mears made it all the more magical. Castroneves struggled to put in words what winning the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge means to him. Castroneves even gathered a winner’s ring from each driver, lining them up on the table to be photographed. Castroneves asked the other drivers what to expect as a four-time winner. ‘’He knew I was going to win, no matter what,” Castroneves said with a laugh. “(As a driver) you want to continue winning if you’re going to race, but if you’re not going to race then you cheer for someone like Helio to make it happen,” Unser said. “What a great day!” said Penske, whose team has won the race a record 18 times. “Some days the racetrack smiles on you, and some days you have it the other way,” Unser said. “Forget about the person, the (winning) driver,” Castroneves said. Castroneves asked about a membership fee for the four-time club. Said Mears: “The fee will triple if you win five.”. Yes, a fifth “500” win can be achieved, but it won’t be easy.

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