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Castroneves survives rugged month at Indianapolis but eager to join 4-time winner's club

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2009, file photo, Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, douses himself with milk after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The specks of gray peeking out of Helio Castroneves’ trademark jet black hair tell one side of his legacy. Yes, the Brazilian star is on the back end of his career. There’s still one way he can always feel young: Scaling a fence and sipping the milk in Victory Lane. It never gets old. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 2009, file photo, Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, douses himself with milk after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The specks of gray peeking out of Helio Castroneves’ trademark jet black hair tell one side of his legacy. Yes, the Brazilian star is on the back end of his career. There’s still one way he can always feel young: Scaling a fence and sipping the milk in Victory Lane. It never gets old. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2009, file photo, Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, climbs the safety fence with members of his pit crew after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The specks of gray peeking out of Castroneves’ trademark jet black hair tell one side of his legacy. Yes, the Brazilian star is on the back end of his career. There’s still one way he can always feel young: Scaling a fence and sipping the milk in Victory Lane. It never gets old. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 2009, file photo, Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, climbs the safety fence with members of his pit crew after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The specks of gray peeking out of Castroneves’ trademark jet black hair tell one side of his legacy. Yes, the Brazilian star is on the back end of his career. There’s still one way he can always feel young: Scaling a fence and sipping the milk in Victory Lane. It never gets old. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)  (The Associated Press)

Helio Castroneves has tried four times to join the Indianapolis 500's most exclusive club.

He's hoping a fifth will finally do the trick.

Earlier this month, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner celebrated his 300th career start and his 40th birthday on the same weekend and at his favorite racing venue -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

No, this has not been a great month for the longtime Team Penske driver. He crashed in the first turn of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, was docked eight points for avoidable contact, went airborne in practice and never quite found the speed he expected to contend for the pole during last weekend's qualifying.

But Castroneves knows he can end all that frustration Sunday by scaling the fence and sipping the milk in victory lane.