Helio Castronves raced from the IndyCar season finale to the dance floor, where he was already a week behind the competition in rehearsals for the "Dancing with the Stars" All-Star edition.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner had to finish his season with Penske Racing before he could shift focus to his dance moves. He got in several three-hour dance sessions with partner Chelsie Hightower before Saturday night's final race at Fontana.
Now that he's out of the race car, he's dancing full-time to learn his routine in time for Monday night's season-opening show.
Castroneves won the fifth season of "Dancing" and said Thursday the show gives him a platform to introduce IndyCar to new fans.
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