The Borg-Warner Trophy was first presented in 1936. It
contains bas-relief sculptures of every winner. A base was
added in 1986 when the maximum 70 winners was reached.
GETS THREE (OF COURSE)
Left to right
• First of the four-timers A.J. Foyt
earned his Indy 500 wins in 1961
(PICTURED), ’ 64, ’ 67 and ’77.
• Al Unser joined the club in 1987
(PICTURED), having also taken
wins in 1970, ’71 and ’78.
• Third – and so far final – man to
join the four-time winners was Rick
Mears, who took his first “500” in
1979 (PICTURED), and added to
it in 1984, ’88 and ’91.
P.A. booms, “Drivers, to your cars!”
“I’m proud and amazed to have won
the Indy 500 three times,” says
Castroneves. “But when the Month of
May comes around, it’s reset time. What I
did back then doesn’t matter. I don’t get
any special favors from the race track!
The only thing that matters is what me
and my Team Penske guys do right now.”
Castroneves is one of seven three-time
Indy 500 winners. But as the only one still
active, the perennial storyline is whether
he can join the exclusive club of Indy’s
four-time winners – A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and
Rick Mears. The Brazilian’s last win was in
2009, but he’s come close again since,
including a second-place finish in 2014.
“I’ve had times when I thought I’d won
it and I hadn’t – in 2003 and ’ 14,” he says.
“I was like, ‘No worries, it’s all cool.’ And
then, nope, you didn’t get it. That’s
frustrating, but that’s Indy.”
Castroneves is one of just eight rookie
winners in the “500,” with his first victory
coming in his 2001 debut. In contrast,
2013 winner Tony Kanaan had to wait
until his 12th start to drink the milk. The
previous 11 were a mix of near-misses,
what-ifs? and some horrendous luck, too.
“This place can really get into your head
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if you let it,” he says. “Some of the worst
days of my life were Mondays after the
Indy 500. But I never took it that this place
owed me anything. I always took the view
that, as long as I’m fast, I’m going to keep
trying. And, sure, I kind of prepared myself
for the possibility of never winning.”
In the 99 Indy 500s run, just 69
different drivers have tasted victory – 19
of those more than once – so TK’s
attitude was more pragmatism than
pessimism. When great drivers such as
Michael Andretti, Dan Gurney, Lloyd Ruby
and Eddie Sachs failed to seal the deal,