Helio Castroneves: The Dancer, Who Is A Race Car Champion - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

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

Posted: Updated:

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

Twitter: @IndyCar

Facebook: IndyCar Series

YouTube: indycar

  • The Latest From Good Day LAMore>>

  • Samantha Barnes: French Crepes

    Samantha Barnes: French Crepes

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:47:14 GMT
    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] This is an excellent idea for getting your kids to help and learn in the kitchen... Samantha Barnes is here. She started raddish.com, a monthly subscription box with a culinary theme, and July is French! So we're making French food!
    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] This is an excellent idea for getting your kids to help and learn in the kitchen... Samantha Barnes is here. She started raddish.com, a monthly subscription box with a culinary theme, and July is French! So we're making French food!
  • Ariel Joseph Towne: The Feng Shui Guy

    Ariel Joseph Towne: The Feng Shui Guy

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:21:46 GMT
    Ariel Joseph Towne is known as "The Feng Shui Guy" and he stops by Good Day LA to show us how to improve your life through the ancient Chinese philosophy.
    Ariel Joseph Towne is known as "The Feng Shui Guy" and he stops by Good Day LA to show us how to improve your life through the ancient Chinese philosophy.
  • Brian Ray, Oliver Leiber & Lucrecia López Sanz : The Bayonets

    Brian Ray, Oliver Leiber & Lucrecia López Sanz : The Bayonets

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:51:06 GMT

    Brian Ray, Oliver Lieber, and Lucrecia López Sanz are ‘The Bayonets’, and they're gearing up for the release of their new CD "Crash Boom Bang!"

    Brian Ray, Oliver Lieber, and Lucrecia López Sanz are ‘The Bayonets’, and they're gearing up for the release of their new CD "Crash Boom Bang!"

  • Celebrity InterviewsCelebrity InterviewsMore>>

  • Brian Ray, Oliver Leiber & Lucrecia López Sanz : The Bayonets

    Brian Ray, Oliver Leiber & Lucrecia López Sanz : The Bayonets

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:51:06 GMT

    Brian Ray, Oliver Lieber, and Lucrecia López Sanz are ‘The Bayonets’, and they're gearing up for the release of their new CD "Crash Boom Bang!"

    Brian Ray, Oliver Lieber, and Lucrecia López Sanz are ‘The Bayonets’, and they're gearing up for the release of their new CD "Crash Boom Bang!"

  • Steve Guttenberg: It's Real Interesting Subject Matter

    Steve Guttenberg: It's Real Interesting Subject Matter

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:32:16 GMT

    Steve Guttenberg co-stars in ‘Affluenza’ as a wealthy man whose life is about to change…and not for the better.

    Steve Guttenberg co-stars in ‘Affluenza’ as a wealthy man whose life is about to change…and not for the better.


  • Tori Spelling: An Homage To Donna Martin

    Tori Spelling: An Homage To Donna Martin

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:00:49 GMT

    Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth co-star on the new ABC Family show ‘Mystery Girls’ as former TV detectives who are hired as real detectives several years later.

    Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth co-star on the new ABC Family show ‘Mystery Girls’ as former TV detectives who are hired as real detectives several years later.

Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices