A chained-up Hélio Castroneves could barely two-step into federal court today.
After surrendering to federal authorities, the 33-year-old former Indy 500 champ and Dancing With the Stars winner was escorted by U.S. marshals into the Miami courtroom in handcuffs and leg irons.
Obviously shaken, Castroneves pleaded not guilty to seven charges of conspiracy and tax evasion. He was allowed to go free after posting $10 million bail and surrendering his passport, and plans on racing in Atlanta over the weekend.
"Hélio is a superb and accomplished professional racing driver. He is not a tax lawyer nor an accountant," Castronves lawyer Mark Seiden tells E! News, blaming the legal tango on bad bookkeeping.