May 25, 2009

Helio Castroneves Tax Evasion?

Latest word on the Indy 500 driver's legal troubles

Helio Castroneves Tax Evasion?

Leading from the pole position, the 34-year-old Brazilian won the Indianapolis 500 for the third time to complete a triumphant comeback from a tax evasion trial that nearly ended his career only last month.

"I think my tears speak for everything," Castroneves said. "This is incredible. This place is magical."

Panther Racing's Dan Wheldon, who won the race in 2005, finished two seconds behind Castroneves at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is celebrating its centennial this year.

And Danica Patrick finished third, her best finish in five attempts and one spot better than in 2005, when she briefly led in her rookie year and became one of the popular figures in sports.

"I just didn't have enough" to catch Castroneves, Patrick said. "So congrats to Helio, he had this standout month. And he's great for the sport..."

Helio Castroneves Tax Evasion?

Posted at May 25, 2009 4:14 AM

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