Sunday, April 20, 2008

Danica Patrick Makes IndyCar Racing History

Way to go, Danica! She quiets her critics on her 50th race. Danica is the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race.

Danica Patrick made history Saturday as midnight struck.

Patrick became the first woman to win a major auto race by capturing the IndyCar Series' event at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.

Patrick, led by a smart call by team manager Kyle Moyer, Monrovia, Ind., went the final 51 laps without a pit stop to become the surprise winner of the Indy Japan 300.

Patrick passed two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves three laps from the finish to take the lead as the front-runners pitted.

Patrick, Castroneves and Ed Carpenter had pitted five laps after the front-runners, including Scott Dixon, who dominated the second half of the race.

"It's a long time coming," Patrick said on ESPN's television broadcast. "Finally!"

full article at the Indy Star

Espn article, a video of the victory and an interview with Danica- here.

We hope to watch her here in Indy this May!

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