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IndyCar Driver of the Year vote: 6th

You voted Helio Castroneves into 6th place in'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 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 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)
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Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) celebrates winning the 2016 IndyCar title with victory at Sonoma   [pic credit: Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Ed Jones celebrates winning the 2016 Indy Lights championship
Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) celebrates at Laguna Seca
Kyle Kaiser - Juncos Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing crew working on the boss` car   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
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Indy Lights title contender Santiago Urrutia, Ed Jones, Dean Stoneman, Felix Serralles, Kyle Kaiser and Zach Veach   [pic credit: IndyCar Media]

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