COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 30, 2021) – AERO Sustainable Paint Technology welcomed its third trip to the Indy 500 victory lane, this time with partner Meyer Shank Racing and driver Helio Castroneves.

Piloting the No. 06 Honda, Castroneves made history at the 105th Indy 500 Presented by Gainbridge topping the podium for the fourth time in his career. Castroneves is one of only four drivers, including A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears, to win the event four times. He previously won in 2001, 2002, and 2009, all with Team Penske.

With 13 of the 33 entrants using AERO paint the chances of seeing the AERO banner on the top step of the podium was high, but not guaranteed. The Indy 500 can be a cruel and unforgiving event, pushing even the top competitors and machines beyond their boundaries. This unforgettable day was made all the sweeter for AERO as it joined Meyer Shank Racing in celebrating the team’s first Indy 500 victory.

As expected, kissing the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway did not come without a battle. Castroneves showed his strength from the drop of the green flag, pushing through the field until he led the pack. Once in front Castroneves found himself in a 20-lap-long all out battle with Alex Palou. Palou went on to finish second, 0.4928 seconds behind the No. 06, one of the closest finishes in Indy 500 history.

“I love Indianapolis!” enthused Castroneves. “This is incredible. I had to put my elbows up to fight there at the end. Meyer Shank Racing gave me everything I needed to go fight for the win. Thank you so much to Jim (Meyer) and Mike (Shank) for giving me this chance, and to AutoNation and SiriusXM for supporting us. It was so great to be powered by Honda today. We had such an amazing car and the team did an unbelievable job. I can’t believe it!”

Co-Owner of Meyer Shank Racing, Mike Shank, joins in Castroneves’s pure joy as he stands in Victory Lane.

“I don’t even know where to start,” said team co-owner Mike Shank. “Helio drove an incredible race-his experience in this race was there for all to see. I’m so proud to have the partnerships that we’ve built to get to this point. That starts with Jim (Meyer), who has made such an impact on this organization since coming on board and goes to AutoNation and SiriusXM, and of course Honda and the folks at HPD have been just amazing. This is going to take a long time to soak in, but right now I just am a little at a loss for words to be standing here right now after winning the Indianapolis 500!”

With an emphasis on quality for competition, AERO is always thrilled to see its partners in pit lane. The 500 renowned miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway is no small feat, even for a seasoned pro like Castroneves. AERO’s revolutionary paint played its part in making history today, something it strives to do each time its banner enters a race on one of its top-tier partners.

Next up for AERO and its partners is GT World Challenge America Rounds 5 and 6 at VIRginia International Raceway, June 4-6. For ticket and event details visit

The event will be followed shortly thereafter by a shared event weekend for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Sprint Cup and IndyCar at the  Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. For ticket and event details visit