Five themes to watch in the Indy 500

Five themes to watch in the Indy 500

Can Helio Castroneves step closer to a place in history, will Danica Patrick recover her form, and will the racing be better than last year? AUTOSPORT looks at the Indianapolis 500 storylines

Can anyone stop Castroneves?

Immediately under the 2009 pole speeds as he topped the month's opening practice sessions, fastest on Pole Day with speeds that left his rivals amazed, and already a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner... Helio Castroneves has to start the race as a strong favourite.

Even though the Brazilian seems unable to convert his blistering speed into the season-long form needed to become a champion, he knows how to deliver around 500 miles of Indy. A place in history awaits Castroneves, as he only needs one more Indy win to equal AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears' record tally of four - and at the age of 35 and with no sign of any cracks in his decade-long relationship with Penske, he still has time to beat their mark, especially if he gets his fourth bottle of winner's milk this weekend.

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