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!