Castroneves gives Penske a Detroit sweep
Detroit: Brazil`s Helio Castroneves won for the first time in nearly a year, capturing Sunday`s Indycar Dual in Detroit race to give team owner Roger Penske a Motor City weekend sweep.
A week after Castroneves finished second to American Ryan Hunter-Reay at the Indianapolis 500 by 0.06 of a second in the second-closest finish in race history, he captured his 29th career IndyCar victory at the 2.35-mile (3.78 Km), 13-turn temporary road circuit on Belle Isle.
Castroneves, who started third in the 70-lap race, won a day after Australian teammate Will Power captured a victory over the same course in the first of three double-header IndyCar race weekends this season.
"We came out with the car spot on," Castroneves said after his first triumph since last June in Texas.
Castroneves, who took Sunday`s victory by 1.6836 seconds over Power, had been downhearted after failing to join A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Snr as four-time Indy 500 winners.
"Indy 500 -- it just clicked something," Castroneves said. "It just made us hungry and here I am in Victory Circle where I won my first race. It`s great energy again. I wanted it so bad.
"More than anything, I want this championship."
And he took a major step toward claiming it.
Castroneves, the fifth different winner in seven IndyCar races this season, moved to second in the points standings -- 19 points behind Power`s pace-setting 326.
Hunter-Reay fell to third on 299 after seizing the lead with his Indy 500 triumph while France`s Simon Pagenaud stands fourth on 247.
A restart with three laps remaining saw Castroneves hold off Power and he never led the Aussie get nearer than the final victory margin.
American Charlie Kimball was third, his best result of the season, with New Zealand`s Scott Dixon, the reigning series champion, fourth after starting last.
"That`s a huge accomplishment," said Dixon. "Overall, a good day and the team did a good job on strategy."
Pole sitter Takuma Sato of Japan finished 18th.