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Helio Castroneves

He went from putting the pedal to the medal to moving his feet all over the dance floor. Now Helio Castroneves is going back to the ballroom. Will he race his way to another Mirrorball Trophy?

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.

Helio returns for his 13th season with Team Penske in 2012 driving the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car. Known for his electric smile and enthusiasm, he has driven and danced his way into the hearts and minds of people around the world. He is one of the two active drivers 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.

In many ways, Helio is in a league of his own. He has parlayed his foray in the entertainment world into working as an occasional correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and, in the fall of 2010, he 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 the show.

Helio’s 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 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.

Helio enter the new race season once again ready to compete for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske and battle for a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory.

Chelsie Hightower

BACKGROUND:

We're all pretty impressed that Chelsie has accomplished so much at such a young age. Do you realize that ever since she began competing at a high-level in ballroom, Chelsie has been in the finals and ranked as one of the top three couples in the country?! Not bad. Not bad at all.

In 2006, Chelsie was a finalist on TV's So You Think You Can Dance where one judge said, "You move so well, you could make a mannequin look good." That's good news for some of the guys around here who look quite wooden whenever they try to bust a move.

Chelsie has been helping other learn to dance since she was 15. She moved to North Carolina to teach and would fly to New York on weekends for lessons. She has been teaching at Center Stage in Utah where she's helped many students win national titles. She also teaches abroad. As busy as you are, Chelsie, we're so glad you found some time to do a little Dancing With The Stars!

Now that she has a former champion, Helio as a partner in Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars we're excited to see what they will bring to the dance floor this season.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• U.S. Representative to the Worlds - 2005

• U.S National Standard Finalist - 2005

• International Latin Finalist - 2006

• 10 Dance National Youth Champion - 2005

PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:

• Roshon Fegan

• Romeo

• Michael Bolton

• Jake Pavelka

• Louie Vito

• Ty Murray

http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement/cast-announcement

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