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Indy 500 winners Castroneves, Kanaan face uncertain futures

INDIANAPOLIS — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves watched from afar as NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart retired and Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he will step away after the season.

Castroneves is far from jealous. But he is definitely curious.

After all, there's no denying that Castroneves and fellow 42-year-old IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan are in the backstretch of their racing careers. Although no one is questioning their driving ability, age is always a factor in regards to sponsorship, so this could be their final Indy 500.

Neither expects that to be the case, but they are realistic and understand the inevitable is coming sooner...