Friday, July 27, 2012

Helio Castroneves to return to "Dancing with the Stars"

   Penske Racing on Friday announced three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves has been selected to participate in ABC’s upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.” The new season will begin in September and has been billed as an all-star season to include former season champions and fan favorites.

   Castroneves won Season Five of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2007 with professional dance partner Julianne Hough, as the Team Penske driver defeated former Spice Girls member Melanie Brown in the finale. Using a memorable yellow suit and Brazilian flair, Castroneves captured the surprising victory as he wowed the millions of fans of the popular show with both his moves and his infectious personality.
   In his 13th year with Team Penske in 2012, Castroneves is enjoying one of his best seasons on the track as he battles for the IndyCar Series championship. Through 11 races, Castroneves is ranked second in the standings after earning a victory at Edmonton last weekend. In his IndyCar career, Castroneves has 27 victories, 37 poles and has led 4,729 laps.
   "I'm excited to return to ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” said Castroneves. “Winning the ‘Mirror Ball’ trophy was an unbelievable experience and I’m very honored that the show has asked me back to compete again this season. I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun. I can’t wait to start dancing again!”