For whatever reason, America’s got a “Dancing With The Stars” fever, and they can’t get rid of it. How do I know? My grandmother can’t stop watching it (and on a side note, she swore it was filmed on the second floor of the Maggiano’s at the Grove). The fifth installment just wrapped up, with IRL driver Helio Castroneves taking the crown. And to capitalize on his sudden fame, the IRL is looking to bring the dancing craze to the track. And at one race next year, they’ll be looking for a record setting Twist.
Before the start of next year's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24, fans will be invited onto the track surface to dance the Twist, an appropriate choice for the 12-turn road course. A Guinness World Records representative is expected to witness the event in person. The current record – 1,691 – was set by English high school students in 2004.The IRL and Castroneves should have some sort of spillover success based on his Dancing victory. After all he was on the top-rated primetime show, bringing in 43 million combined viewers over the course of the two-night final. Surely some of them will want to see him race, or buy his merchandise, won’t they?
While Castroneves has won 2 Indy 500’s, it’s likely that he’ll be remembered for his Dancing win.
"Obviously, Indianapolis is my biggest win, but this is great," Castroneves told reporters. "(The mirrorball dancing trophy) will go right between my (Indy 500) trophies because this has mirrors and can reflect them."