Indy 500

Castroneves Wins His Third Indy

Two victories in a row for ebullient Brazilian racecar driver and former Dancing With the Stars champ Helio Castroneves: Today he won his third Indy 500 race, and yesterday he was acquitted on tax charges. “This is the best month of May ever,” he commented after the race. Castroneves broke away from the pack in the final laps, beating second-place Dan Wheldon and third-place Danica Patrick by nearly two seconds—or, as ESPN translates, the distance of two football fields. Several race stars crashed at today’s race, including a particularly brutal collision between Brazilians Vitor Meira and Raphael Matos in lap 173. Meira’s car crashed head on into the padded outside wall, prompting paramedics to extract Meira from the car and deliver him to a nearby hospital on a stretcher.