One of the most popular personalities in all of sports, Helio Castroneves - Team Penske's elder statesman - has accomplished much in his illustrious career, yet he remains passionate in his desire to achieve much more. Castroneves returns for his 17th season with Team Penske in 2016 driving the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra, Hitachi, and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car.
Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, Castroneves has driven and danced his way into the hearts and minds of people around the world. As the only active driver to have earned the distinction of being a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the only race car driver ever to become a "Dancing with the Stars" Champion, Castroneves in many ways is in a league of his own.
In 2015 the Brazilian demonstrated once again the speed, skills and determination to be considered among the elite in the Verizon Indycar Series. Castroneves finished in 5th Place in the Championship after overcoming a number of unfortunate on-track events.
Castroneves, who became the first driver to win back-to-back Indy 500s in his first two starts at the Brickyard in 2001 and 2002 and won the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" again in 2009, is known for his signature victory celebration of climbing the fence after taking the checkered flag. His great attitude, signature smile and his outbursts of unbridled enthusiasm make him one of the true stars of motorsports. These attributes have helped land him on the pages of some of the top publications in the world including People, Newsweek, TV Guide, Esquire and Maxim.
In 2007, Castroneves brought his incredible passion for life to a much wider audience when he competed on ABC's hit television show, "Dancing with the Stars." The combination of his charismatic personality, dedicated training and his dancing skills won him the hearts of millions of new fans and the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. He has since parlayed his foray in the entertainment world into working as an occasional correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight." In the fall of 2010, Castroneves was invited back to the set of "Dancing with the Stars" to serve as a judge on the show after being voted as one of the top-10 best dances from the first 10 seasons of "DWTS."
Castroneves' celebrity status has afforded him an array of opportunities worldwide, the highlight of which came in 2004, when he had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private audience with Pope John Paul II while visiting Vatican City. His garage boasts a Chevy Tahoe; the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Pace Vehicle Oldsmobile Bravada; a 50th Anniversary Special Edition Chevrolet Corvette, which he received for winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500, and his latest addition - a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
In May of 2010, Castroneves also released a popular book about his life and how he's met its challenges. "Victory Road - The Ride of My Life" chronicled Castroneves' dramatic rise to stardom and how he handled his high-profile tax case and his triumphant return to racing.
Castroneves enters the 2016 season once again ready to compete for the VERIZON IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske and battle for a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory.
It will be Helio's 19th Indy car season and the 17th with Team Penske
Castroneves resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his girlfriend Adriana Henao and their daughter Mikaella.