SI: You started crawling up the chain-link fence three years ago
in Detroit after winning your first CART race. What prompted
Castroneves: When I crossed the checkered flag for the first
time, I was so happy and I wasn't thinking straight. Not that I
think all the time straight, anyway. When I climbed the fence, it
was a pure expression of emotion and happiness.
SI: Have you seen Spider-Man?
Castroneves: Yes, of course. I loved it. I have a poster from the
director in my office with a note: "Thanks for letting us borrow
the Spidey name."
SI: You've raced two times at Indianapolis and you've won both
times. What's your secret?
Castroneves: Maybe I am smarter than the other guys, huh? It's
just been a matter of being at the right time in the right place.
SI: Why does Brazil produce so many supermodels?
Castroneves: It must be the water. The women have fantastic good
looks. They have everything in place. Right butt. Right breast.
SI: Do you have any interest in trying out another circuit, be it
Formula One or NASCAR?
Castroneves: I'm doing IROC, which is fun. If I have an
opportunity for Formula One, why not?
SI: You live in an eighth-floor condo overlooking a pool in
Miami. How's the view?
Castroneves: You have some girls going topless, so I consider it
a fantastic view.
SI: You split time between Sao Paulo and Miami. Could you ever
live in a cold-weather city like Buffalo?
Castroneves: I used to live in Columbus [Ohio] in 1996. The
reason I live in Miami is because I lived in Columbus in 1996.
SI: Are you a good driver in street traffic?
Castroneves: Only when I'm not late. But most of the time I am
late, and that's bad because then I'm trying to go as fast as I
SI: So what's the fastest you've cranked it up while driving with
the rest of us?
Castroneves: Well, let's put it this way: I've gone well past the
three digits. --R.D.
COLOR PHOTO: PETER JONES/REUTERS "Maybe I'm smarter"
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