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Jimmie Johnson Testifies In Castroneves Tax Trial

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MIAMI (AP) - NASCAR race driver Jimmie Johnson has testified in Miami federal court in the Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) tax evasion case.

The three-time Sprint Cup champion testified Monday as a character witness for Michigan attorney Alan Miller. Miller is charged along with Castroneves and the driver's sister with conspiring to help Castroneves evade U.S. taxes on about $5.5 million from 1999 to 2004.

Miller also represents Johnson. Johnson called him an excellent and honest lawyer who is well known in the motorsports world.

Johnson was the first defense witness Monday after prosecutors rested their case following four weeks of testimony. It's unclear if Castroneves, a two-time Indianapolise 500 winner who also won TV's "Dancing With The Stars," will testify.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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