According to Helio, the speeds will reach up to 170 mph on the straightaways, and 50 mph going through the curves. He told me an astonishing fact: The speed limit on pit row is 60 mph.
Helio is built like a fighter pilot, compact and under 6 feet tall. You have to be compact to fit into an Indy car. But everyone surrounding us on pit row really didn’t care about Helio’s racing wins — they just wanted to know about “Dancing with the Stars.”
Helio will be making another appearance on “DWTS” soon.
I asked him what his wife thought about him going back a second time. He said his wife was a very confident woman and would be cheering him on.
Lastly, I always want to know what car drivers drive when they’re not on the track.
“A Chevy Tahoe,” he said, laughing. He has a daughter now and needs the room.
We all wish you good luck this weekend, and of course, good luck on “Dancing with the Stars.”