Tax trouble didn’t slow down Helio Castroneves on Saturday. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner – and “Dancing with the Stars” Season Five champ – won the Petit Le Mans race at Braselton, Georgia’s Road Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.
“It has been a difficult two days, but to finish first, it turned out to be a good day,” Castroneves told the Associated Press. “It was a great day, and we’re going to continue to move forward.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, the racing champ was charged with one count of conspiracy and six counts of tax evasion in Miami on Thursday, over what authorities allege is his failure to pay over $5 million in taxes. His sister and business manager, Katiucia Castroneves, is also facing charges, as is his attorney, Alan Miller.
Helio plead not guilty in court on Friday. According to the Associated Press, he was released on a $10 million bail and is permitted to race in the U.S., allowing him to wind up in the winner’s circle at Petit Le Mans – a feat he says he’ll duplicate in court.
“This problem is like a race,” he told the Associated Press on Saturday. “And we’re going to win.”
But for now, he seemed happy to be back doing what he does best.
“When you’re out in the car you’re the only one,” he said. “That was perfect for me. … The fans kept me going. They gave me an immense amount of support. I was very touched.”