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After Toronto
Driver Standings

Driver Standings
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

Rookie of the Year
1 Carlos Munoz 384
2 Mikhail Aleshin 298
3 Jack Hawksworth 287
4 Carlos Huertas 265
5 Kurt Busch 80
6 Sage Karam 57
7 James Davison 34
8 Martin Plowman 18

Wins
T1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3
T2 Will Power 2
T2 Simon Pagenaud 2
T2 Mike Conway 2
T5 Helio Castroneves 1
T5 Carlos Huertas 1
T5 Ed Carpenter 1
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T5 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Podium Finishes
T1 Will Power 6
T1 Helio Castroneves 6
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
4 Tony Kanaan 4
T5 Carlos Munoz 3
T5 Juan Pablo Montoya 3
T7 Marco Andretti 2
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Mike Conway 2
T10 Carlos Huertas 1
T10 Scott Dixon 1
T10 Josef Newgarden 1
T10 Graham Rahal 1
T10 Charlie Kimball 1
T10 Ed Carpenter 1
T10 Jack Hawksworth 1
T10 Mikhail Aleshin 1
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 1
Manufacturer Standings:
1 Chevrolet 2056
2 Honda 1042

Lap Leaders:
1 Will Power 353
2 Tony Kanaan 326
3 Helio Castroneves 241
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 167
5 Ed Carpenter 116
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 74
7 Takuma Sato 67
8 Sebastien Bourdais 60
9 Simon Pagenaud 59
10 James Hinchcliffe 56
11 Scott Dixon 44
12 Jack Hawksworth 32
13 Justin Wilson 25
14 Marco Andretti 22
T15 Mike Conway 15
T15 Josef Newgarden 15
17 Sebastian Saavedra 14
18 Graham Rahal 10
T19 Oriol Servia 7
T19 Carlos Huertas 7
21 Ryan Briscoe 5
22 Mikhail Aleshin 4
23 Alex Tagliani 3

Entrant Points
Pos. # Entrant Points
1 3 Team Penske 533
2 12 Team Penske 520
3 28 Andretti Autosport 464
4 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 462
5 2 Penske Motorsports 428
6 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 387
7 20 Ed Carpenter Racing 386
8 34 Andretti Autosport/HVM 384
9 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing 380
10 25 Andretti Autosport 375
11 11 KVSH Racing 358
12 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing 344
13 27 Andretti Autosport 330
14 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing 317
15 19 Dale Coyne Racing 311
16 7 Schmidt PetersonMotorsports 298
17 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 288
18 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian 287
19 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 266
20 18 Dale Coyne Racing 265
21 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 234
22 17 KV/AFS Racing 229
23 16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 134
24 26 Andretti Autosport 88
25 21 Ed Carpenter Racing 66
26 22 Dreyer and Reinbold 57
27 33 KV Racing Technology 34
28 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 29
29 68 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 28
30 6 KV Racing Technology 22
31 63 Dale Coyne Racing 21
32 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 18
33 91 Lazier Partners Racing 11

Finishing Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.38
T2 Kurt Busch 6.00
T2 Will Power 6.00
4 Simon Pagenaud 6.92
5 Sage Karam 9.00
6 Scott Dixon 9.61
7 J.R. Hildebrand 10.00
8 Tony Kanaan 10.23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.38
T10 Juan Pablo Montoya 11.15
T10 Sebastien Bourdais 11.15
12 Ryan Briscoe 11.38
13 Justin Wilson 11.92
14 Carlos Munoz 12.00
15 James Hinchcliffe 12.46
16 Oriol Servia 12.5
17 Marco Andretti 12.69
18 Ed Carpenter 12.75
19 Alex Tagliani 13.0
20 Charlie Kimball 13.23
21 Takuma Sato 13.46
22 Mikhail Aleshin 13.61
23 Jacques Villeneuve 14.0
24 Mike Conway 14.66
25 Graham Rahal 15.0
26 James Davison 16.0
27 Carlos Huertas 16.07
28 Josef Newgarden 16.92
29 Sebastian Saavedra 17.0
30 Jack Hawksworth 17.16
31 Luca Filippi 18.50
32 Martin Plowman 20.5
33 Franck Montagny 22.0
34 Pippa Mann 24.0
35 Townsend Bell 25.0
36 Buddy Lazier 32.0


Pole Positions
T1 Takuma Sato 2
T1 Will Power 2
T1 Helio Castroneves 2
T4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1
T4 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T4 Ed Carpenter 1
T4 Simon Pagenaud 1
T4 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T4 Scott Dixon 1
T4 Sebastien Bourdais 1

Appearances in the Firestone Fast Six
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5
T2 Helio Castroneves 4
T2 Will Power 4
T3 James Hinchcliffe 3
T3 Scott Dixon 3
T3 Jack Hawksworth 3
T7 Simon Pagenaud 2
T7 Josef Newgarden 2
T7 Tony Kanaan 2
T7 Sebastien Bourdais 2
T11 Takuma Sato 1
T11 Marco Andretti 1
T11 Sebastian Saavedra 1
T11 Mike Conway 1
T11 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
T11 Ryan Briscoe 1
T11 Luca Filippi 1

Qualifying Average
1 Helio Castroneves 5.53
2 James Hinchcliffe 6.90
3 Ed Carpenter 7.00
4 Luca Filippi 7.66
5 Simon Pagenaud 7.69
6 Will Power 7.76
7 Scott Dixon 8.84
8 J.R. Hildebrand 9.00
9 Sebastien Bourdais 9.76
10 Carlos Munoz 10.3
11 Tony Kanaan 10.53
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10.61
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 10.84
14 Takuma Sato 11.69
15 Kurt Busch 12.0
16 Marco Andretti 12.61
T17 Josef Newgarden 12.92
T17 Ryan Briscoe 12.92
19 Justin Wilson 13.0
20 Jack Hawksworth 14.5
21 Mike Conway 14.66
22 Mikhail Aleshin 14.84
23 Graham Rahal 15.38
24 Sebastian Saavedra 16.53
25 Charlie Kimball 17.15
26 Carlos Huertas 17.84
27 Franck Montagny 21.0
28 Pippa Mann 22.0
29 Alex Tagliani 24.0
30 Martin Plowman 24.5
31 Townsend Bell 25.0
32 Jacques Villeneuve 27.0
33 James Davison 28.0
34 Sage Karam 31.0
35 Buddy Lazier 33.0
An Interview with Helio Castroneves

As he prepares for Dancing with the Stars return
Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Helio Castroneves
Earlier today, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves participated in an INDYCAR Conference Call to discuss his participation in the new season of "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars." Castroneves, who won Season 5 of ABC's celebrity ballroom dancing competition with professional dance partner Julianne Hough, will be paired with Chelsie Hightower this season. Castroneves and Hightower will compete for the first time Monday, Sept. 24, on ABC. Check local listings for the time in your area.

THE MODERATOR: Welcome, everybody, to today's IndyCar conference call. We're joined today by IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves of Team Penske who is preparing to enter a different kind of competition the latest season of "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars."

Helio did win season five of "Dancing with the Stars," the celebrity ballroom dancing competition on ABC with his professional dance partner Julianne Hough. For this All-Star season he is partnered with Chelsie Hightower and it's the first All-Star season of the show.

First, Helio, I know the racing season just ended. How do you transition from driving 200 miles an hour to a ballroom dance?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: To be honest, with Chelsie Hightower, the transition, it didn't slow down at all. We were going from 220 mph on the racetrack, and literally, we continued 200 mph on the dance floor. She is definitely an incredible talent. I'm extremely happy to have her as my partner. I'm having a great time.

She's certainly pushing the limits. I'm feeling (it) right now in my legs, everything in my body. I like it. I like the vibe, the attitude. We're really connecting well. So I guess this is what we need to start good the season.

Q. Is the rhythm of the show, between rehearsing, interviews, tapings, is that similar to what you experience in the IZOD IndyCar Series each week between practice, qualifying and the race?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Yes, it's very similar. It's very interesting to see the dynamic. The sports are completely different but overall they do look alike, even the details on practice, even the hard work, the commitment from both partners.

That's what I enjoy most, to be honest, because when you get a special move that she invented in choreography during the session, it's like a lap that you find a shorter line and things like that.

So it's fun. That's one of the things I'm enjoying at this point. Again, it's fun. It's really, really fun. Certainly it's hard work.

Q. Obviously the last time you were on the show, you won, got that Mirror Ball trophy. You got a lot of support from the racing community. How important is the support you get from the racing community and fans?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: This is going to be a heck of a season. More than ever the race community is going to be important. We have other athletes, other champions, great entertaining people as well. That's one of the reasons that I think the race community is going to play a big factor this year, more than actually season five.

I'm really doing everything I can to throw the word out and make sure that everyone kind of like dials the number, I don't know the number yet, but as soon as I know I'm going to start talking about the number. But certainly we are going to need a lot of votes because it's going to be an amazing season.

Q. I know you've dropped the word 'fun' about 17 times already. What is it that most drives you? Is it the fun? Is it the competitive nature of you? Is there something else?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Well, there are several things. One of the reasons that (I am) coming back, (is) certainly (I am at) the different phase of my life. I have a little girl now. I've been taking her a lot to the races. I wanted her to see something else than only racing.

Obviously, I will support her whatever she choose in her life, but certainly it would be great to show her something different.

I mean, it's a great exercise, a great workout. It's a lot of fun, like I said. There is different techniques, different little things similar to racing. It's a great therapy. It's a great thing in your mind you can go out there not thinking about anything else. Trust me, when you practice four hours a day, which actually is light, I mean, it is crazy.

That's one of the reasons I decided to do it. Plus for (the) sport (of Indy car racing) I think it's been a great thing. It's been five years (since) I've done that. (The) All-Star season is certainly going to call a lot of attention. I believe it's great for the (IZOD IndyCar) series and great for my name as well.

There are a lot of things involved that helps. That's some of the reasons that I'm back in the game.

Q. Where do you keep your Mirror Ball trophy? Is it next to your Baby Borgs?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Yes, believe it or not, I am very proud of winning "Dancing with the Stars." My trophy is right there between my three Indy (500) trophies. To match and to balance it out, we need another Mirror Ball trophy and that would be great.

Q. You've accomplished so much in your racing career. You had your own fan base from that. You were fairly recognizable. Once you did "Dancing with the Stars," how much did your fame change? How long did it take for you to notice it? I suppose it's two different demographics.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: You're spot on. After winning two Indy 500s, before I won three, certainly a lot of people knew me. Motor racing, it's a huge community, but it's still a very small community compared to when you're going to national TV and have 25 million to 30 million people watching you every Monday and Tuesday. It's variety.

When I staying for about two months last time on "Dancing with the Stars," I guarantee, people that didn't watch all the shows but one Monday or one Tuesday, somebody (ended) up watching saying, 'OK, I know this guy.'

Eighty (80) percent (of) the recognition (I get) today, it's coming from "Dancing With The Stars" because of those scenarios. I (got noticed) right away, as soon as I won season five, actually (by) a lot of people, especially the female public. (They say) 'I want to see how you're going to race, thing(s) like that. They're telling me in the autograph lines, things like that.

Certainly it changed (my profile) a lot and I'm very grateful for that. So now doing it again with a very special cast, I think it's going to be even bigger. I can't wait. Tell yourself and your daughter to vote.

Q. Is it a large platform? Do you have a lot of opportunities through "Dancing with the Stars" to promote IndyCar and make people aware of what your full-time job is?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: They are open to do that. Certainly we're not allowed to put brands and names (on the show). To say I'm an INDYCAR driver, they sometimes want to be more like race car driver.

But I have to say the league and even from ABC production, they're willing to help out. I understand they're asking images (of) me winning races, which is perfect. This is just a perfect tie for what we need for (the IZOD) IndyCar Series to continue to grow.

I do believe this is going to help (the series tremendously), even more with upcoming movies and things like that. Certainly I'm excited. I want to help as much as I can because that's my work.

Q. You took tires the other night. You were coming quickly. Do you think you could have caught (Ryan) Hunter-Reay if the yellow hadn't come out?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I think so. The car was very good. Remember, the Firestone tires, they're very good, especially when they're brand-new. It was a gamble that we decided to do it.

We're still debating if it was too much of a risk. But I believe one more lap I would be able to do it, which unfortunately I don't think it will make a difference. I think would have to finish (sixth) to win the championship.

It was a great job for Andretti Autosport. Hunter-Reay, a great battle, (he) never (gave) up. I think it's great for our (racing) community because he's an American. Having an American winning the season, I guess it makes more people interested, especially in new talent. Same for Will (Power). He did a helluva season.

That's why we got to bounce back and hopefully next year we (can) bring the championship to Team Penske.

Q. Obviously this season you have a different partner. I can imagine it's like working with a different teammate on the racing team. Talk about of the differences between Chelsie and Julianne.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Julianne (Hough) certainly had experience. Even when I joined, it was her second season (on the show). Somehow it's one of those talents that her brother (Derek) and Mark (Ballas), her partners in the past, they trained together. They are very good in choreography. They're very good in knowing your partner, how to teach as well. One thing is you dance really well, and another thing is to teach somebody to dance really well.

They were very good. They were very tough, don't get me wrong. But they were very good. Certainly she did everything she could. I guess she took advantage of winning the season with Apolo (Ohno), then took advantage with the votes, and we did it again in season five.

With Chelsie, it's amazing. It's like the new racing team. (She's an) amazing talent. She only wants to dance. Sometimes I'm like, 'Look, we have to relax a little bit.' Even though I did a season, there's still moves I don't understand. She's on it.

What I like most (about) her, it's her vibe, the attitude, the way she explains (things). She likes to run through everything, then (she) goes for sections. For me it's good because I kind of know where I'm going first. Because already the steps are similar to five years ago, muscle memory is working, so we're able to speed up kind of quite fast the process and understand what we need to do.

Now she likes to make me feel comfortable, and I really like that as well. She pushes (me) to the limit. Sometimes when I see she's changing something, I'm like, 'Please, don't do that.' But I believe that's the strategy for this season and that's why she's pushing me so hard so we start in a good note and keep growing from there.

Good styles in terms of beginning, but same talent in terms of dancing, same work ethic. I guess these dancers, they're amazing athletes. I'm honored to be part of this group.

Q. Before we let you go, what a lot of people want to know is are we going to see the famous yellow suit during the season?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I'm not sure if the rules allow you to bring back the same dance or the same costume. I mean, the costume would be OK, I believe, but I don't think you can make the same dance.

I do have it. It's here. Don't get me wrong. (If I need it to ) win this All-Star season, my friend, it's here.

For sure it would be great, but we also want to do some other (memorable) dances that would make people enjoy it. You guys got to watch out because Monday is going to be the beginning of a great All-Star season on Dancing with the Stars.

THE MODERATOR: Seeing as there are no more questions for Helio, we will wrap-up today's IndyCar conference call. I know you have a busy day of rehearsals. We wish you the best of luck Monday and for a long run on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Thank you very much and don't forget to vote.

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