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Castroneves competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 2001, and won.The rookie edged out fellow Panske teammate Gil de Ferran.The racecar driver has also found success on the dance floor, winning the reality dance-competition show Racecar driver and reality television star Helio Castroneves was born on May 10, 1975 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to parents Helio Castroneves Sr. Castroneves's father exposed him and his older sister, Kati, to racing at a young age. was an auto dealer in Sao Paulo and owned a stock racing team.Young Castroneves began go-kart racing when he was a small boy, and won a national go-kart title by the time he was a teenager.He was the quickest driver to reach this milestone, achieving the record in only nine attempts.With his two previous "500" victories in 20, Castroneves, at the age of 27, became the youngest driver to win the race twice and the only driver ever to win in his first two attempts.In 1994, a 19-year-old Castroneves advanced to Formula Three auto racing in Europe.
Castroneves has held the IRL Indy Car Series records for the most Top 10 finishes, poles and consecutive seasons with a race win., and, with partner Julianne Hough, won first place and took home the program’s coveted mirror ball trophy.
As a teenager, Castroneves won a national go-kart racing title in Brazil before advancing in 1994 to Formula Three auto racing in Europe.
He attracted the attention of Brazilian racing great Emerson Fittipaldi, who helped him to get started on the Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy Car circuit in 1998.
"Dancing With the Stars" winner Helio Castroneves, 32, took home the trophy, ditched his fiancee - and, it looks like, picked up a girlfriend - all in one week.
The hunky Brazilian race car driver announced Wednesday that he canned his engagement to fiancée Aliette Vazquez.