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Indianapolis 500 champ Helio Castroneves will be eyeing a win of a different kind as he takes to the dance floor on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" for the first time Monday night.
The Penske Racing driver, who won Season 5 of the reality show in 2007 with fan favorite Julianne Hough, is teamed up with Chelsie Hightower for the all-star edition.
The pair, who have been crisscrossing the country to rehearse in recent months, are now holed up in a nondescript Hollywood building as they prepare for their big debut.
"I feel like it's (been five years), but, at the end of the day, it's awesome to be back," Castroneves told RTV6 sports director Dave Furst.
So far, Castroneves has lost six pounds rehearsing nonstop. Hightower has been impressed with his skills.
"He's doing awful! No, just kidding. No, he's doing really good," she said. "It's more enjoyable on my part because I get to see a little bit more growth and, obviously, he understands what the challenge is."
While the racer and Hough were magic on the floor together, Castroneves said he and his new partner have hit it off as well.
"They gave me another blond. It worked five years ago. If everything works, why change?" he laughed. "Five years ago it was me and Julianne, and now I can't believe it. I couldn't be happier to have someone as talented as Chelsie."
Castroneves and Hightower's first dance will be the fox trot Monday night.
He said he hopes Indianapolis' racing community will show support with their votes.
"It's going to depend a little bit on my performance, but I think it's going to depend a lot about the voters," Castroneves said. "Hopefully everyone from the race community in Indianapolis will be voting. It's going to be a lot of fun."