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Originally posted 12/29/2009 01:30PM
Indy car driver and former Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves is a new father!
Girlfriend Adriana Henao delivered daughter Mikaella at 4:15 p.m. Monday in Atlanta, Entertainment Tonight confirms, and apparently dad isn't the only one with a need for speed. The baby girl – who weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 19 inches in length – arrived slightly ahead of schedule, more than one week before her Jan. 6 due date.
Castroneves, 34, Tweeted the happy news, even sharing a picture of his new family of three.
The pregnancy was announced in October.
Originally posted 10/13/2009 03:50PM
He's this year's Indianapolis 500 champion and the winner of Dancing With the Stars' season four, but Helio Castroneves has his sights set on a whole new adventure: fatherhood.
Castroneves, 34, and girlfriend Adriana Henao are expecting their first child – a girl – in January, the racer announced.
Originally posted 04/19/2009 01:00PM
Less than 24 hours after his acquittal on six counts of tax evasion, IndyCar race driver – and former Dancing with the Stars winner – Helio Castroneves was back behind the wheel of his Team Penske car No. 3 on Saturday morning in Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
"I'm so happy to be here. I can't stop hugging everybody," Castroneves, 33, told PEOPLE minutes after completing a practice run, marking the first time he had driven his car in six months. "I was smiling under my helmet the first few laps," he said about having the wheel back in his hands. "It feels so good to be back."
Originally posted 04/17/2009 02:50PM
Helio Castroneves probably feels like dancing. The racecar driver and former Dancing with the Stars winner has been acquitted on six counts of tax evasion.
A federal jury in Miami has found the Brazilian-born Indy car driver and 2007 winner of DWTS not guilty on six counts of tax evasion. Since the 12-member jury remained deadlocked on the seventh count of conspiracy, U.S District Judge Donald Graham called a mistrial on that count.
"I am speechless and so thankful to my fans who have stood by me and kept me strong," a tearful Castroneves, 33, told PEOPLE minutes after the news broke in Miami. "I thank the judge and jury for giving me a fair trial in a foreign country. I am about to board a plane to race in the Long Beach, Calif., Grand Prix Sunday! I am so excited!"
Originally posted 03/02/2009 05:05PM
Former Dancing with the Stars winner Helio Castroneves is now involved in something even more taxing than daily rehearsals: a six-week trial that began Monday in Miami and could bring him six years of prison time if he is convicted.
Castroneves, 33, faces charges of conspiring to hide $5.5 million in income from the IRS in offshore accounts.
The Brazilian race car driver won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001 and 2002 but gained even greater prominence in 2007 when he and his dancing partner, Julianne Hough, took top honors on the popular ABC dance competition show.
Originally posted 10/05/2008 06:30AM
Ready to rip after entering a plea of not guilty on tax evasion charges in a Miami courtroom Friday, Helio Castroneves finished the Petit Le Mans Prototype 2 Class auto race Saturday at Georgia's Road Atlanta in Braselton. He came in first.
With teammate Ryan Briscoe, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Dancing with the Stars champion shared the driver's seat for the 10-hour spectacle.
Briscoe started early in the day, and Castroneves completed the race.
Originally posted 10/03/2008 03:45PM
Handcuffed and weeping, Helio Castroneves pleaded not guilty in a Miami court Friday to charges that he evaded U.S. taxes on more than $5 million in income.
Appearing in court bound in leg chains, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Dancing with the Stars champ was ordered released on $10 million bail. Of that amount, $8 million is security from one of the race car driver's personal accounts in the Netherlands.
"He surrendered his passport and has permission to travel to Atlanta for his race Saturday and anywhere in the U.S. for business," Mark Seiden told PEOPLE. Court restrictions prohibit him from traveling out the U.S., which will likely stop him from racing in Australia later this month, the lawyer added.
The Brazilian professional race car driver, 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly siphoning the millions to a Panamanian shell company from 1999 to 2004.
Originally posted 10/03/2008 01:10PM
A lawyer for Dancing with the Stars champion Helio Castroneves, who was indicted Thursday in a federal income tax case, says he is an innocent victim.
"Helio Castroneves is a superb and accomplished professional race car driver," Miami criminal attorney Mark Seiden, who is representing Castroneves, tells PEOPLE. "He is not a tax lawyer and not an accountant. He relied in good faith on competent professionals for tax advice. We don't feel he did anything wrong and will be vindicated in court."
The Brazilian professional race car driver, 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly siphoning millions of dollars in income to a Panamanian shell company from 1999 to 2004.
Originally posted 10/02/2008 03:55PM
Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves was indicted Thursday in a federal income tax case in Florida, PEOPLE confirms.
Castroneves, who charmed judges and the audience with his enthusiasm and infectious smile, is accused by a federal grand jury of siphoning millions of dollars in income to a Panamanian shell company from 1999 to 2004.
The 33-year-old Brazilian-born professional race car driver is expected to appear in a Miami court on Friday to face charges of conspiracy and tax evasion. If convicted of all charges, he faces a maximum penalty of 35 years in prison.
His sister and business manager Katiucia Castroneves and his attorney, Alan Miller, were also indicted.
Originally posted 04/21/2008 01:40PM
Danica Patrick may have raced by Helio Castroneves at the Japan 300 – but don't look for IndyCar's first female winner to try to match her track rival on the dance floor.
Patrick, 26, has her racing goggles focused on the Indianapolis 500 instead of following Castroneves to Dancing with the Stars fame.
"I can dance, since I was a cheerleader," Patrick tells PEOPLE. "But I don't have the personality that Helio does; he won everyone's heart. I would be a bit too serious for the show."
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