Everyone's a critic

Posted by Iannucci | 10/15/2007 | 2 comments »
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On Friday Helio Castroneves joined six other IndyCar drivers for some testing at Barber Motorsports Park. Not a bad day for Helio as he was challenging Tony Kanaan atop the leaderboard (all 7 drivers shattered the track record), as well as testing some groundbreaking equipment. Like paddle shifters. Ahem.

So here we are on Monday, which means it's time for him to trade the nomex for spandex and start sweatin' to the oldies. As this is being written Helio has just finished spinning around in a white suit like Puff Diddy Daddy Dude, although the scores for his Waltz this week are solid.

(Aren't waltzes supposed to involve some sort of classical music in the background? I swear one of the couples this week was dancing to "You Spin Me Round". Oh, the humanity.)

I missed Helio's performance last week, but at least one IndyCar regular did not. A hat tip to the 'Stand for uncovering this nugget about the St Petersburg Times' newest dancing expert.

We've enlisted St. Petersburg resident and former Indy Racing League champion Dan Wheldon as our informal fourth Dancing with the Stars judge, just to provide us with some extra critique on his IRL colleague, Helio Castroneves. Dan has been known to get down, get down, get down, get down, every now and again.

"Helio was a 7 this week. He wasn't quite himself. It wasn't his best performance, so in true Helio fashion he went for the sympathy vote. Good job!"
Time to show Helio some love by calling 1-800-868-3409.


  1. Anonymous // October 16, 2007 6:17 AM  


    The Mrs. and I put in our seven votes apiece for "Spiderman" last night. It took us a long time for each of us to get seven votes in, so I'm going to assume Mr. Castroneves will not be going home tonight.

    As an aside, I'd pay to watch Dancing With the Stars in a room with Tony Kaanan, Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, and Danica Patrick, just to hear their comments.

    Although with Dan's comments to the St. Pete Times, I think he's the only one of the four listed who's a regular viewer.

    And why do I think Danica Patrick is on the phone to her agent yelling "You idiot, that should be me dancing on TV!"

  2. Anonymous // October 16, 2007 12:31 PM  

    I always thought Danica would be the one who saved Indy car (not that it needs saving)

    Now it's Helio ! what a great representative for our favorite sport !!

    Every man wants to know him and every woman wants to...well know him too