Castroneves Going Dancing

Two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Helio Castroneves may not have much of an "off-season" this year, as it was announced today that the Miami resident will be joining the cast of ABC Television Network's hit show "Dancing with the Stars" for its fifth season this fall. The 32 year- old Brazilian will be paired with the winner from the fourth season, Julianne Hough, as the couple prepares to prove to the world that Castroneves doesn't just have moves on the racetrack, but on the dance floor as well.

"I'm really excited for this opportunity," said Castroneves. "It's definitely something that I never would have imagined participating in. However, now that I know that I'm going to be part of the competition, I've set my sights on winning. I know it's going to be a lot of hard work, but with our IndyCar Series season coming to a close, I'm going to dedicate the same energy that I bring to racing to rehearsing for the show. I know I have a lot to learn, but I've been told that Julianne is one of the best teachers out there, and I'm ready to get to work. Having won back-to-back Indianapolis 500's, I would like nothing more than to give Julianne back to back 'Dancing with the Stars' titles."

Following in the footsteps of other professional athletes including Apolo Anton Ohno, Emmitt Smith, Clyde Drexler, Jerry Rice, Evander Holyfield and Laila Ali; Castroneves will be the latest from the sports world to try his hand in the competition. Castroneves will be joined by eleven other celebrities when the show premieres on September 24th. Other participants include Mark Cuban, Jane Seymour, Wayne Newton, Floyd Mayweather, Marie Osmond, Jennie Garth, Melanie Brown, Sabrina Bryan, Albert Reed, Cameron Mathison and Josie Maran.

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