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IndyCar Driver of the Year vote: 6th

You voted Helio Castroneves into 6th place in Crash.net's IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 poll!
Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012:
6. Helio Castroneves

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Team: Team Penske
2012 starts: 15
Poles: 1
Wins: 2
Top 5: 5
Top 10: 12
Championship points: 431
Championship position: 4th
Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: 19th

Helio Castroneves looked a bit of a spent force at the end of 2011 - just look at that miserable 19th position he found himself in last year's Crash.net Driver of the Year vote for how dreadful a time it was for the dancing Brazilian. He really needed something to rejuvenate his prospects in 2012 - and fast.

He certainly got it, with victory straight out of the box at St Petersberg. It was lovely to see the 'Spider-Man' back in exuberant action, and he won over our hearts as well by finding the 'Dan Wheldon Way' street sign to salute in his post-race celebrations.

He went on to hold off stiff competition from Takuma Sato to win again later in the season at Edmonton, and while he never really factored into the 2012 championship battle he nonetheless finished a strong fourth place at the end of the year. That proved he's emphatically back in form again, and that any suggests of retirement remain firmly in the fictional realm.

Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
6. Helio Castroneves
7. Sebastien Bourdais
8. Takuma Sato
9. Justin Wilson
10. Dario Franchitti


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Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti on the streets of Sao Paulo. (c) 2012 - Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo USA. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Helio Castroneves #3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske during practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 12-17 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana USA. (c) 2012 Dan R. Boyd LAT Photo USA. (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Helio Castroneves #3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske during practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 12-17 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana USA. (c) 2012 F. Peirce Williams LAT Photo USA. (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Crowded track on Carb. Day, Helio Castroneves (#3), JR Hildebrand (#4), Marco Andretti (#26), Sebastian Saavedra (#17), Will Power (#12) and Dario Franchitti (#50) speed down the main straight in a pack at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day. 24-25 May, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams. LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Helio Castroneves celebrates victory in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 25 2012, and salutes Dan Wheldon. [Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA (c) 2012, Scott LePage. LAT Photo]
Helio Castroneves on track at Edmonton. (c) 2012, Perry Nelson (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Helio Castroneves celebrates winning the Edmonton Indy. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske) (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
A special message for James Hinchcliffe during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates with team owner Roger Penske after winning the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Accident for Sage Karam on the first lap of the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia accident during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson at the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, and his team perform the traditional kissing of the bricks after racing to victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, drinks the traditional bottle of milk while celebrating his victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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