Dec 21, 2007

Helio Castroneves Named Parade Co-Grand Marshal

Dancing with the Stars winner Helio Castroneves and PGA Golfer Chris DiMarco have been named co-grand marshals for the Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade presented by Delta Air Lines.

Helio Castroneves is a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion�placing first in both 2001 and 2002. The Brazil native, who races for Team Penske, is known for his tradition of climbing the racetrack fence following a victory. Castroneves has assembled 12 wins and 49 top-five finishes throughout his IndyCar career. He is also owner and partner of the NasrCastroneves racing team which competes in the Brazilian Stock Car V8 Championship.

Castroneves competed in the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars with Julianne Hough, who was last season�s champion. He beat out other participants, which included Dallas Mavericks� owner Mark Cuban, Spice Girl Melanie Brown, entertainer Marie Osmond, soap opera star Cameron Mathison and actress Jennie Garth.

PGA golfer Chris DiMarco, a resident of Orlando suburb Heathrow, will be the parade�s grand marshal. DiMarco graduated from the University of Florida in 1990 and turned professional shortly after. He has become a consistent competitor within the PGA Tour�finishing runner-up in three majors and placing in the top 20 on the PGA tour money list five times during his career.

DiMarco participated on the United States� team for the 2003 and 2005 Presidents Cup and 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cup. In addition to his professional career, he annually hosts the Norma DiMarco �Tee Up for Life� Golf Tournament benefiting R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids).


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