INDIANAPOLIS - Helio Castroneves is calling on race fans in Indianapolis to help him rev up a win on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars."
The Penske Racing driver, who won Season 5 of the reality show in 2007 with fan favorite Julianne Hough, will team up with Chelsie Hightower for the all-star edition, which kicks off Monday.
"It's going to be a hell of a season because they're all-star champions," he told RTV6 sports director Dave Furst. "In the past, you might have someone who's not so much coordinated or couldn't get the choreography right, but now they all won, and if they didn't win, at least they were in the top finals."
With Castroneves crisscrossing the country for IndyCar races, he and Hightower have been meeting to practice when they can, first for a week in Florida and most recently in California.
While the racer and Hough were magic on the floor together, Castroneves said he and his new partner have hit it off as well as he learns to move again like a dancer.
"(She) is very much unlike Julianne. She's tough. She's like full throttle," he said. "Sometimes I'm like, 'Hey, hey, hey, I'm five years older now. I'm not that young guy anymore!'"
But Castroneves has found new motivation since he claimed the mirror ball trophy five years ago. His daughter Mikaella, now nearly 3 years old, was born in December 2009.
"What a great thing to show my daughter, what Dad did five years ago and hopefully can do again," he said. "That would be great for my daughter to see."
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."