Hélio Castroneves (born Hélio Castro Neves; May 10, 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian auto racing driver currently competing in the North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 12 wins and 25 poles, and has championship point finishes ranging from second to sixth in a complete season of racing. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in Champ Car racing with a highest championship points finish of fourth.
Starting his career in karting, Castroneves later raced in the Paul Stewart Racing team, and finished third in the 1995 British Formula Three Championship.
Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in both 2001 and 2002, becoming the fifth driver to do so in consecutive years, and the first since Al Unser in 1971. He finished second to teammate and countryman Gil de Ferran in 2003. Castroneves has won two pole positions for the Indy 500, including one in 2007.
Aside from success in racing, Castroneves won the fifth season of the American reality TV show Dancing with the Stars with partner Julianne Hough. He currently resides in Miami, Florida.
He has also appeared on truTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest... as a frequent commentator--mainly
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