2012 Indy 500: Helio Castroneves Ready To Make History?

Are you ready for history?

It could happen this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Helio Castroneves looks to win his fourth career Indy 500, which would place him in elite company and arguably finalize the unofficial Mount Rushmore of Indy Car racing.

From Sports Illustrated's Lars Anderson

I like Castroneves to win his fourth 500 on Sunday afternoon and join the four-timers club that currently consists of only Al Unser, Rick Mears and A.J. Foyt. Castroneves -- the former Dancing With the Stars champion -- excels on big, fast ovals like the Brickyard. You hear pro golfers say they like a particular course because it fits their eye; well, that's what Indy, a sweeping 2.5-mile oval, is for Castroneves: It simply fits his eye.

Castroneves is a rare personality for the sport.

Not only is he talented, he's crossed-over into the entertainment industry, and serves as a truly recognizable face that casual and even non fans of the sports can identify with.

If Helio does not win this weekend, he's still got plenty of chances left to get his fourth swig of milk in the winners circle. And once he does, he'll then chase that one for the thumb.

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