"I want to thank team Penske and Indy Racing League as well for letting me do this," Catroneves said. "I want to as well thank my family, Chelsie and I want to thank America. You guys voted for me, and I couldn't be happier, thank you."
Hightower had only nice things to say about her time spent dancing with Castroneves.
"Honestly, it was so fun," she said. "He was such a fun partner to be with, always just a joy, always such an amazing attitude. And he really wanted it, you know. He loved every minute of it. And it makes your job so much more enjoyable when you're with someone who truly enjoys it, and he was the epitome of that."