Helio exposed!

Crash Cameron, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

EDMONTON - SUN EXCLUSIVE!

The REAL truth about Helio Castroneves:Indy driver/star dancer knows he’s only second best!

OK, so that might be the kind of headline Helio Castroneves had to deal with for much of 2008 and 2009, during and following his famous Dancing With the Stars triumph.

But we are about to expose a dirty detail laying beneath his happy front: Castroneves is not even the best dancer in his family!

Sister better

“My sister, she was a professional ballerina,” the Samba man let slip Friday at the Edmonton Indy.

Caught out, he confessed: “We reveal the secret!”

The real truth? Castroneves was talking about how his sister Kati gave up her profession to help him with his profession — the racing one, not the dancing sideline.

He was also bragging that she had a business administration degree. Above all, brother was bragging that sister was a rock, as the siblings and their lawyer were in the firing line of the U.S. government during their tax-trial tribulations.

As an Indy driver, Castroneves is well-practised at being in front of a camera. That helped.

Night and day

“Outside of the trial, I was strong. Inside the trial, she was,” he paused, “… a fighter. And I was like a rabbit.” 

As in nervous. Scared.

“And she had a son — just three months, four months. Today, me being a father (a girl, Mikaella, born on Dec. 29, 2009), I don’t know how she did it. To go through that process, she, for me, was a lioness. She was so strong.”

david.cameron@sunmedia.ca


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