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Helio Castroneves: The Dancer, Who Is A Race Car Champion

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The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is about a month away and Helio Castroneves plans to be there. The three time Indy champ knows a lot about winning, he also took home the trophy for Dancing With the Stars. Steve and Lisa talked to him about a number of things including his take on people saying race car driving is NOT a sport, if he's more cautious on the track now that he's got a daughter, and would he be okay with his little girl ever getting behind the wheel.

Fun Facts About Helio Castroneves: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is a Brazilian auto racing driver currently competing in the North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 22 wins and 33 poles, and has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing until 2011, where he placed eleventh. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth.

2) Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009, making him one of only nine total drivers, and the only active driver, to have won at least three. He finished second to teammate and countryman Gil de Ferran in 2003. Castroneves has won four pole positions for the Indy 500, including back-to-back poles in 2009 and 2010 for the first time since Scott Brayton. He is also one of only five drivers, (Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Bill Vukovich, and Al Unser Sr. being the other four), and the only active driver to win the Indy 500 in back-to-back races.

3) After being occasionally misidentified by U.S. media as "Helio Neves" he at first changed the spelling to Helio Castro-Neves and then to the current spelling. He has one sister, Katiucia. Castroneves was first recognized while driving for Steve Horne's Tasman Racing team in Indy Lights, interestingly as teammate to fellow Brazilian and future IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan.

The Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach happens April 11th through the 13th.

Follow Helio Castroneves on Twitter: @h3lio

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