By beating Alex Palou in the final laps of the 105th Indy 500, Castroneves now equalizes AJ Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser for the most first places of all time. Castroneves has 31 Indy wins in his career.
The 46-year-old Brazilian, who drove for Meyer Shanks Racing, also won the Indy 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009.
Castroneves is known as “Spiderman” for scaling the fence to celebrate his victories, according to IndyCar.com.
“It will be a closing escalation for the ages”, IndyCar tweeted after the race ended.
Castroneves was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but now lives with his fiancee and their daughter in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to his official website.
He started his karting career before competing in the British Formula 3 series, the website says. Castroneves started Indy car racing in 1996 and won the Indy 500 in his first attempt in 2001.
This year’s event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was billed as the busiest sporting event since the start of the pandemic, with the 135,000 tickets available – about 40% of Indiana racetrack’s capacity – se selling quickly.