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Fred Astaire of the IRL

Updated: February 8, 2008, 9:02 PM ET
By Terry Blount

Helio Castroneves won a lot a more than a little dance contest Tuesday night.

Castroneves won the hearts of America, and in doing so, gave the IndyCar Series a popularity boost that no race ever could accomplish.

More than 30 million people watched the "Dancing with the Stars" finale Tuesday night, and more than 20 million tuned in two nights a week for the last 10 weeks.

That's far more people who watch any IndyCar race, including the Indy 500.

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