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KATI CASTRONEVES' SPECIALLY DESIGNED SHIRTS IN THIS YEAR'S CARA CHARITIES' INDY 500 FASHION SHOW Sister of the Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Brings Exciting New Designs INDIANAPOLIS, IN hMay 24, 2005) -- Kati Castroneves has a new...

KATI CASTRONEVES' SPECIALLY DESIGNED SHIRTS IN THIS YEAR'S CARA CHARITIES' INDY 500 FASHION SHOW

Sister of the Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Brings Exciting New Designs

INDIANAPOLIS, IN hMay 24, 2005) -- Kati Castroneves has a new business and it doesn't really involve her famous brother, two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

The older sister of the infamous "fence climber" has been busier than ever as she prepares for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. In addition to serving as her brother's business manager, the Brazilian native produces specially designed women's shirts that will be worn in this year's CARA Charities Indy 500 Fashion Show on Thursday, May 26, at the Indianapolis Westin.

"This is something I always wanted to do," said Castroneves. "I enjoy making new designs with a variety of shirts and I think the ladies at the fashion show will like them too. I'm just starting my company with the shirts now. But the wives and girlfriends of the (Indy 500) drivers have expressed interest in wearing them. So I'm starting to market them more now."

Castroneves is a regular on the IRL IndyCar Series as the coordinator of Helio's marketing and business plans. The attractive brunette has proven successful with her brother's activities and now hopes to continue that success with her new endeavor.

"I have worked with Helio for many years and we have a very good relationship," said Kati, who will also be a model in Thursday's Indy 500 Fashion Show. "And this new project is exciting for me and I hope everyone liked these new designs. It is a fun thing to do too."

Among the women planning to display Castroneves' design on Thursday are Daniele Kanaan, wife of Indy 500 pole winner and current IndyCar Series champion Tony, Krystal Hornish, wife of two-time IndyCar Series titleholder Sam, and Michelle Noonan, fiancee of reigning Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice.

"I'm so excited that the girls want to wear my clothing in the fashion show," said Castroneves. "We'll have a booth there too for any of the spectators to buy my shirts."

The fashion show celebrates its 24th edition on Thursday when more then 1,000 attendees and sponsors raise funds for local and national children's charities.

The downtown Westin serves as a spectacular backdrop with a packed ballroom for the 24th annual fashion affair that will open with a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon. The unique fashion show is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

In addition to the Castroneves designs, the CARA Charities spectacular will features fashions from The Secret Ingredient, furs from Day Furs and children's fashions from Chocolate Soup this year.

Tickets are now available for the May 26th extravaganza with individual tickets priced at $75 per person. For more information on tickets, corporate tables or event sponsorships, contact the CARA Charities headquarters at 317-299-2277 or e-mail carachar@aol.com.

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