INDIANAPOLIS - Written off as too old to race on a full-time basis, too far past his prime for a fourth Indianapolis 500 win, Helio Castroneves at long last joined an exclusive club while scoring another popular victory for the old guys.
Then Spiderman scaled the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fence for his trademark victory celebration at the largest sporting event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Castroneves wasn't done yet.
At 46 and one of the oldest drivers in the field, he sprinted along the front stretch of the track for a victory lap without a car for the 135,000 fans in attendance. He pumped his arms in the air and waved to the ecstatic crowd, his explosion of emotional energy stopped every few feet by a flood of rivals who rushed onto the track to congratulate the Brazilian driver.