Helio Castroneves felt like he had was back home at Indianapolis on Saturday.
The three-time Indianpaolis 500 winner made his season debut at his favorite venue., And he didn't take long for the Brazilian to make an impact.
Afrer qualifying 10th on Friday, Castroneves slowly moved up the standings and wound up finsihing sixth, 14.3860 seconds behind race winner and Team Penske teammate Will Power.
"It was like I never left," he said, smiling. "All my guys did phenomenal pit stops _ this is the group that we're going to have for the 500. Expectations are high, my friend. I never come here with low expectations. We are ready to go and this was just to prove that everyone is ready. It's great to be back in Indianapolis and we're ready to get going."
Practice for the 500 begins Tuesday, with qualifying scheduled for next weekend and the race is on May 27.
But it wasn't a perfect return, either. Castroneves said he felt bad for hitting teammate Simon Pagenaud after defending Indy 500 champ Takuma Sato hit Castroneves' car.
"Sato hit me in the back, I lost control and ended up hitting Simon," Castroneves said. "But, (Pagenaud) made a phenomenal comeback."