Helio Castroneves: Racing From the Law?
Helio Castroneves might have had to surrender his passport after being indicted on tax-evasion charges in Miami on Friday, but he isn't letting that stop him from going places—and fast.
The race-car driver and Dancing With the Stars Season 5 winner took first place in the Petit LeMans Prototype 2 Class auto race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia on Saturday.
People magazine reports that Castroneves completed the 10-hour race with partner Ryan Briscoe, who took driving duties in the earlier portion of the competition.
Senior vice president of Penske Corp. Bud Denker declared, "This was a terrific win for Helio and Penske Racing tonight in the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race. Helio is elated and proud of his team after what has been a long week for him."
As for the legal charges facing the 33-year-old hoofer/speed demon, Castroneves' lawyer, Mark Seiden, claims that his client will be exonerated.
"He is not a tax lawyer and not an accountant," says Seiden. "He relied in good faith on competent professionals for tax advice. We don't feel he did anything wrong, and will be vindicated in court."
But if not, it's probably comforting to know that Castroneves could likely pull off a speedy getaway.