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He went from putting the pedal to the medal to moving his feet all over the dance floor. Now Helio Castroneves is going back to the ballroom. Will he race his way to another Mirrorball Trophy?
One of the most popular personalities in all of sports, Helio Castroneves, Team Penske's elder statesman, has accomplished much in his illustrious career, yet he remains passionate in his desire to achieve much more.
Helio returns for his 13th season with Team Penske in 2012 driving the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car. Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, he has driven and danced his way into the hearts and minds of people around the world. He is one of the two active drivers to have earned the distinction of being a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the only race car driver ever to become a Dancing with the Stars champion.
In many ways, Helio is in a league of his own. He has parlayed his foray in the entertainment world into working as an occasional correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and, in the fall of 2010, he was invited back to the set of "Dancing with the Stars" to serve as a judge on the show after being voted as one of the top-10 best dances from the first 10 seasons of the show.
Helio’s celebrity status has afforded him an array of opportunities worldwide, the highlight of which came in 2004, when he had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private audience with Pope John Paul II while visiting Vatican City. His garage boasts the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Pace Vehicle Oldsmobile Bravada; a 50th Anniversary Special Edition Chevrolet Corvette, which he received for winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500, and his latest addition – a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
Helio enter the new race season once again ready to compete for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske and battle for a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory.
Helio Castroneves Bio/Media Page - ABC.com