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“The toughest thing is that he hasn’t been in too many accidents and he hasn’t been the one making mistakes before,” Penske President Tim Cindric said. “I can’t remember too many incidents where we’ve said it was his fault.”

His teammates understand.

Briscoe has endured his share of misadventures over the years, and can still recall the times he thought nothing would go right.

Power has endured other struggles, such as finding a job. In fact, Power joined Roger Penske’s team only after Castroneves, known as Spiderman, seemed to be caught in the IRS’ web in 2009. Castroneves was eventually acquitted of tax evasion and returned to the cockpit in the No. 3 car.

And though Briscoe and Power know everybody endures tough times, Castroneves has tried to be himself.

“After a disappointing race, you might not see as many smiles,” Briscoe said. “But Helio is such an amazing character. He’s so positive and it really carries through to everyone else on the team.”

Now he’s back at Indy, the historic 2.5-mile oval where Castroneves has had his greatest success.

In 10 career starts, he has won three races, four poles and started from the front row five times. He has five top-five finishes and nine top-10s, and he’s been so good at Indy that fans voted him No. 5 among the greatest 33 starters in Indy history. Those lining up behind him would include Mario and Michael Andretti.

But it’s not history that is pushing Castroneves this month. It’s his desire to get the season back on track.

“It’s a new faze and we’ve got to keep moving on,” he said. “We’re only four races into the season, and we have a little bit of points. Look this bad faze, it doesn’t stay. We still have a great chance to be in the hunt for the championship.”

If, of course, Castroneves can just get back to driving and smiling like his old self.

“Our goal all along was just to have a solid race,” Cindric said. “We wanted to have a solid start to the year and every race after that has been a matter of trying to get a solid finish. Obviously, he was frustrated after Brazil. But the Indy 500 is different. I don’t think the rest of the season really has too much effect on what we do at Indy.”