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Castroneves' future uncertain after federal tax-evasion charges filed

Helio Castroneves was on top of the world. The racing world respected him for his accomplishments on the racetrack. The American public admired him for his footwork on the dance floor. Is the American dream over for the two-time Indy 500 champ?

Updated: October 5, 2008, 7:14 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

Helio Castroneves has been living the American dream for the past decade. But his charmed life may be turning into a nightmare.

The 33-year-old Brazilian was in U.S. District Court in Miami on Friday in handcuffs and leg irons to answer a seven-count indictment for tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, charges that if proved could land Castroneves in jail for up to 35 years, or at least cost him a substantial fine.

Along with his alleged co-conspirators ...

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