Dillard Elementary 5th Grade Students to meet IndyCar Drivers Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran
Two of Indy Car’s most successful racing drivers and long-time friends, Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves, will head to Dillard Elementary School on 8th April to speak to the 5thGrade about their journey from being young ambitious kids in Brazil to success on the international motor racing scene. The former Team Penske team mates will talk about the importance of science and math in racing and answer questions from the students. There will then be an opportunity to pose in front of Castroneves’ Chevrolet Camaro Indy 500 pace car.
Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, Helio Castroneves has driven and danced his way into the hearts and minds of people around the world. He is a three-time Indianapolis 500 Champion (2001, 2002 and 2009) and the only race car driver to become a “Dancing with the Stars” Champion in 2007. He has won a total of 30 races for Team Penske and has earned 45 poles in the IndyCar series placing him fourth on the all-time list. Castroneves will soon be starting his 17th year with Team Penske with the first race on 13thMarch in St Petersburg, FL.
Gil de Ferran has been successful in every area of international motorsport over the past 25 years, from his on-track racing, team ownership and managerial skills to his media and broadcasting work and aptitude for mechanical and technical development. De Ferran is a double IndyCar Champion (2000 and 2001) and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner. The accomplished Brazilian still holds the World Closed Course Speed record set in Fontana, California in 2000. He retired from IndyCar racing in 2003 leaving on a high by winning his last race at Texas.
Science, Technology & Indycar Racing is presented to Dillard Elementary School by Ranger Good Works as a part of the Community Exposure Program and STEM Focus.