DETROIT — Helio Castroneves celebrated in his signature style, climbing a fence, in the same place where he did it for the first time many years ago.
His crew joined him above the track in front of roaring fans.
"I did not expect that," he said after easily winning the second Detroit Grand Prix race of the weekend Sunday, finishing 1.6836 seconds ahead of Penske Racing teammate Will Power. "They deserved it."
It was in Detroit in 2000 where Castroneves, then in CART, earned the first of his 29 victories in major open-wheel series. That day, "Spider-Man" was born — he defended that title in 2001 but hadn't won at Belle Isle since.
Sunday, Castroneves was so good that after his final pit stop on Lap 49 of 70, he still led when he got back on the track. Things got tighter after cautions led to restarts with seven and three laps left, but Power, in second, did not want to risk ruining his teammate's day by possibly hitting him.
"Because of Roger (Penske), I definitely wasn't going to race him hard," said Power, who rallied after being penalized for avoidable contact on Lap 1.
NHRA: In his ninth career start, Richie Crampton earned his first Top Fuel win at the Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J. The Australian's 3.819-second pass at 320.51 mph beat points leader Doug Kalitta. Cruz Pedregon won in Funny Car, Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.