Miami’s Castroneves Returns to “Home Track”

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MIAMI—Helio Castroneves is looking to capture his first IndyCar Series Championship on Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but today he was at the wheel of four “Super Cars” for Maxim’s November “Dream Car” issue. Driving his “home track” had the Coral Gables resident pondering his own dreams….

“This is what it’s all about,” Castroneves said after test-driving vehicles including an Aston-Martin DBS, Ferrari 599 HGTE Fiorano, Hennessey/Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. “Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami would be awesome. Just to be back here in a relaxed environment is great.”

On Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Castroneves will be seeking both his first home-track win and his first IndyCar Championship. A victory would make him the first South Floridian to win at Homestead-Miami; Castroneves has recorded three Top 3 finishes but never has taken a Miami checkered flag.

“We have a lot of drivers that live in Miami, but none of us have won here yet,” said Castroneves, winner of Season 5 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars. “It is great to have the Championship at my hometown track; I just want to win here.”

After driving each vehicle two circuits around Homestead-Miami Speedway, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner shared with Maxim’s editorial staff his views on each car’s capabilities. The issue will hit newsstands just prior to IndyCar’s Oct. 9-10 series-crowning weekend at Homestead-Miami. And with IndyCar’s Championship having come down to the final lap of the final race each of the last three seasons—with Castroneves twice playing a prominent role—race fans can expect very compelling action.

It’s motorsports history in 2009 as Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes the first venue ever to host
all of North America’s premier motorsports championships: the IndyCar, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car and Firestone Indy Lights Series during the NextEra Energy Resources SpeedJam Championships
Oct. 9-10; and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series during
Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22. Tickets for all six 2009 championships are on sale now
via (866) 409-RACE and at THEChampionshipTrack.com.

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