This is what Helio Castroneves thought as he sat down waiting to make the move that would claim his record fourth victory in Indy 500 .
"I felt very in control, I knew what my car was able to do, and I was just stalking, I guess, to make sure I had the right time to make it happen, "Castroneves said during an appearance. on The Fox Garage .
Helio Castroneves faced Alex Palou in the final rounds of the Indy 500. (Andy Lyons / Images)
The Brazilian ran close to the front for most of the race and passed Spaniard Alex Palou for the last time on the penultimate lap and failed never looked back while he leads to hi's bookstoire s, joining AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as quadruple champion of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Surprisingly, it was Castroneves 'first race for Meyer Shank Racing, a small team with a fraction of the resources of big names like Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport.
"It's all about passion, hard work, dedication ", Castroneves said of the effort.
"We might not have had the biggest budget, but we certainly had the biggest heart.
Helio Castroneves is the fourth pilot to win four Indy 500. (Brian Spurlock / Icon Sportswire via Images)
A little skill didn't hurt either. Castroneves, 46, is competing part-time this year, and the only other top race he had competed in before Indy was the 24 Hours of Daytona, which he also won.
"I guess ... the hard work paid off, so e It 's proof for everyone, you have to believe in yourself "he said. " Good things happen to good boys.s, but it happens when you work hard. "
Castroneves is the only person to have won both flagship races in the same year, beating elite drivers under half his age in both events.
Known as Spider-Man for climbing the Capture Barrier to celebrate his victories with fans , the 2007 "Dancing With the Stars " champion said he maintains a targeted diet with a trainer to stay in shape physically and mentally.
"I'm still [training] very hard. I don't train hard like I used to, but I train smartly, and this is how you should be. "
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And he 's not giving up anytime soon. Has at least five IndyCar races to go this weekend, and if given the opportunity, he will be "absolument ”return to Indianapolis to become the first five-time winner next year.
"The sky is the limit and I always dream of great things happening.