Helio Castroneves Asks Judge to Delay Tax Evasion Trial

November 14, 2008 By:
Helio Castroneves Asks Judge to Delay Tax Evasion Trial

Race car driver and former Dancing With the Stars champion, Helio Castroneves, is scheduled to appear in court this March. Helio is charged with conspiracy and tax evasion and could end up paying taxes on $5.5 million in income that he kept in offshore accounts.

He did plead 'not guilty' and the judge set him free on $10 million bail. Now Helio is asking the court to delay his trial from March to November of 2009.

Why? He doesn't want to risk being tangled up in a legal battle during the 2009 IndyCar series, which runs from April to October. In court documents, his lawyer claims that "a presumed innocent defendant should not face the prospect of losing his career based solely on the return of an indictment."

Guilty or innocent, Helio should realize that when you make your bed, you eventually have to sleep in it.