Helio Castroneves made a bold pass on the outside of Scott Dixon to win the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. After his victory, the Brazilian racer ran over to a tribute for the late race-car driver Dan Wheldon and pounded on the street sign that bears his name, "Dan Wheldon Way."
It was the Indycar season opener and the first victory for Castroneves since 2010. It was also the first Indy car race since Wheldon— a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and St. Petersburg resident—was killed in an accident in October at Las Vegas Motor speedway.
Castroneves was winless last year and, after racing through the streets of St. Pete for Team Penske, was emotional about the long awaited victory and death of his friend Wheldon.
Before he was towed into the winner's circle, Castroneves trotted across the track and paid tribute to Wheldon by climbing the fence and pointing towards the skies.