“Oh my God, this is incredible,” said the ever-irrepressible winner. “I knew my friend Ricky was right behind me, I knew his strengths – but I hadn’t taught him all I know!”
Naturally, Castroneves marked the win with his signature climb-the-debris-fence celebration, joined by his team-mates. A popular figure in racing, he had delivered another feel-good motorsport moment; and at his age, there’s no reason why this Indian summer can’t glow a while longer yet. Come May, what price a fifth Indy 500 victory that would push him clear of his illustrious fellow record-holders? Just keep on dancing, Hélio.
Jarvis wins a major
Of course, motorsport isn’t an individual endeavour, especially when it comes to endurance racing. Castroneves shared his success with three other drivers who will also be cherishing their hard-won Rolex watches: Frenchman Simon Pagenaud, who added a Daytona victory to his 2019 Indy 500 glory; Tom Blomqvist, son of rally legend Stig; and former Audi LMP1 ace Oliver Jarvis, who finally landed a long-overdue sports car ‘major’.
Fittingly, Blomqvist and Jarvis are the first Brits to claim an overall win in the Rolex 24 since the late and much-missed Justin Wilson managed it with the same team at the trioval exactly 10 years ago.