Helio Castroneves will return to the cockpit of his #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone for the first time since winning 'Dancing with the Stars' when IndyCar Series competitors test at Homestead-Miami Speedway today.

Castroneves, who mamboed, waltzed and jived his way to victory with professional dance partner Julianne Hough on the fifth season of the popular primetime show in the USA, will participate in a Firestone manufacturers test.

"It's been a couple of months since I've been in a race car, so I'm definitely looking forward to getting back on the track," the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner said.

"I had a lot of fun with 'Dancing with the Stars,' but now it's time for me to turn my attention back to racing, which is what I do best.

"Now that I've won the dancing title, I have my sights set on next year's IndyCar Series championship."

Castroneves will be joined by Team Penske team-mate Ryan Briscoe, Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter, Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan and Hideki Mutoh and three-time defending SpeedJam Indy 300 winner Dan Wheldon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

"I'm also looking forward to the test, as it will be the first time that Ryan and I will be able to work together on the IndyCar Series programme," Castroneves added. "He's a fantastic driver, so hopefully we'll both be able to teach each other a few things to ensure that Team Penske is consistently among the leaders in 2008."

The SpeedJam Indy 300, the 2008 IndyCar Series season opener, is scheduled for March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.



Loading Comments...