MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge in Miami has rejected requests to
delay the tax evasion trial of race car driver Helio Castroneves
U.S. District Judge Donald Graham on Friday said the March 2
trial date will stand. Lawyers for Castroneves and Penske Racing
Inc. had sought a delay until November to ensure he could drive in
the 2009 IndyCar Series that runs April to October.
Castroneves is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner who also won
TV's "Dancing With The Stars" competition in 2007. He's pleaded
not guilty to charges of conspiracy and tax evasion involving about
$5.5 million in income stashed in offshore accounts.
His sister and business manager, along with his attorney, also
are charged in the case.
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