Castroneves Ready to Welcome New Member of Penske Racing

December 18, 2009

ATLANTA, Ga. (December 18, 2009) - Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and his girlfriend, Adriana Henao, are preparing for a very special gift this holiday season.

The couple is expecting their first child - a little girl that will be named Mikaella, over the holidays and they could not be more excited. The baby is due shortly after Christmas.

"Adriana is doing great and we are just waiting for the little one to arrive," said Castroneves, the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion with Team Penske. "Like we do at Team Penske, we are trying to make sure we are well prepared for the big race. We have been working on her room and getting everything ready - basically just making sure we are set to go when we get the green flag."

The expectant mother and father are in Atlanta, where the baby will be born and where Henao and her family reside. They have prepared the baby's room with all the necessities, including a beautiful crib and all the stuffed animals a newborn could possibly need.

"It has been a crazy year but this is the best ending we could hope for in 2009," said Castroneves. "Adriana and I are so happy and we are looking forward to the best Christmas present of all!"

For photos of Helio and Adriana, please visit the photo gallery.