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Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
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.
Castroneves returns for his 12th season with Team Penske in 2011 driving the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-
Ultra/Guidepoint Systems/AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car.
Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, Castroneves has driven and danced his way into the hearts and
minds of people around the world. As the only active driver 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,
Castroneves in many ways is in a league of his own.
During the course of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season, the native of Sao Paulo, Brazil continued to prove
that he possessed the speed, the skills and the determination to excel at the top level of racing. Castroneves
established himself as a championship contender early in the season at Barber Motorsports Park as he won the
inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The following month he earned his fourth career Indianapolis 500 pole
position in dominant fashion. Later in the season, he captured the checkered flag at Kentucky and went on to
win the pole, lead the most laps and score a victory at Motegi, Japan for back-to-back wins. The 2010 season saw
Castroneves earn his 25th career victory, which placed him tied for 12th on the IndyCar all-time wins list. He
extended his record streak of winning a race to 11 consecutive seasons as he finished fourth in the final IZOD
IndyCar Series standings. Castroneves also holds IZOD IndyCar series records for the most wins from the pole
(nine), pole-positions (29), and top-five finishes (82) and he became the series career laps led record holder after
the dominating win at Motegi.
This past season was also Castroneves’ first as a father and his beautiful daughter, Mikaella, was on hand to help
him celebrate many of his successes.
Castroneves, who became the first driver to win back-to-back Indy 500s in his first two starts at the Brickyard in
2001 and 2002 and won the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” again in 2009, is known for his signature victory
celebration of climbing the fence after taking the checkered flag. His great attitude, signature smile and his
outbursts of unbridled enthusiasm make him one of the true stars of motorsports. These attributes have helped
land him on the pages of some of the top publications in the world including People, Newsweek, TV Guide,
Esquire and Maxim.
In 2007, Castroneves brought his incredible passion for life to a much wider audience when he competed on ABC’
s hit television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The combination of his charismatic personality, dedicated
training and his dancing skills won him the hearts of millions of new fans and the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
He has since parlayed his foray in the entertainment world into working as an occasional correspondent for
"Entertainment Tonight.” In the fall of 2010, Castroneves 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
Castroneves’ 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 a 2006 Acura RL; a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo; 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.
In May of 2010, Castroneves also released a popular book about his life and how he’s met its challenges. “Victory
Road – The Ride of My Life” chronicled Castroneves’ dramatic rise to stardom and how he handled his high-
profile tax case and his triumphant return to racing.
Castroneves enters the 2011 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. Castroneves, girlfriend Adriana Henao, and
their daughter, Mikaella, reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.