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Danica Patrick

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Danica Sue (first name pronounced / ˈ d n ɪ k ə /. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] born March 25, 1982) is an auto racing driver, and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most woman in the history of American racing —her win in the 2008 Japan300 is the only women’s in an IndyCar Series race and her place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the finish ever there by a She competed in the series from to 2011.

In 2012 she competed in the Nationwide Series and occasionally in the Sprint Cup Series. In the 2013 Patrick drove the #10 GoDaddy.com SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup and a limited Nationwide Series for Turner Motorsports. In 2013, she the first female NASCAR to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series turning in the fastest qualifying lap 1990 in qualifying for the Daytona [ 3 ]


Early life [ ]

Patrick was born in Beloit, the daughter of Beverly Ann (née and Terry Jose Patrick,Jr. [ 5 ] Her family is of entirely Norwegian [ 6 ] She grew up in nearby Roscoe, Her parents met on a blind date at a event in the 1970s when Bev was a for a friend’s snowmobile. [ 7 ] [ 8 ] T.J. snowmobiles, motocross. and midget They have owned a Hut and a plate glass company. has a younger sister named [ 5 ]

Patrick was a cheerleader at Hononegah High School in Rockton, in 1996 and spent her off-time for a family down the road she wasn’t racing. [ 9 ] She dropped out of school and attained a GED certification. [ 10 ] Her T.J. helps his daughter by her motor coach and managing her Web and merchandise trailer, while her Bev, handles Patrick’s affairs. [ 11 ]

Early racing [ edit ]

Patrick began in 1992 at the age of 10 [ 12 ] at the Sugar River in Brodhead, Wisconsin .

At age 16 she moved to Milton Keynes. in order to advance her racing [ 13 ] racing in British national events against drivers future Formula One world Jenson Button. During a period she raced in Formula Formula Vauxhall and earned a in Britain’s Formula Ford the highest finish by an American in the [ 14 ]

In 2002 Patrick started for Rahal Letterman Racing in the States. After making starts in the Barber Dodge Pro she moved to the Toyota Atlantic for 2003. Patrick won one pole and was a consistent podium finisher three); however, she never won a In 2004 Patrick finished in the Championship. [ 15 ]

IRL IndyCar Series [ ]

2005 [ edit ]

After the racing season, Rahal Racing officially announced Patrick would drive in the IRL Series for 2005. [ 16 ]

On May 29, 2005, became the fourth woman to in the Indianapolis 500. following Guthrie. Lyn St. James and Sarah

As of 2012, Patrick joins as one of only two women to have in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona After posting the fastest speed of the month (229.880mph / during the morning practice on the first day of qualifications (May she made an error in the first of her first qualifying lap, and to capture the pole position, went to Tony Kanaan. fourth starting position, was the highest ever attained for the by a female driver. [ citation ]

Patrick became the first driver to lead the race at first when acquiring it for a lap the 125-mile (201km) mark cycling through pit stops. and in the race when she stayed out one lap than her rivals during a set of pit stops. Patrick overcame two errors to finish fourth, the position she started in.

Patrick’s car in the pits about halfway the 500-mile (800km) race, her to the middle of the field; and shortly reclaiming a spot in the top 10, Patrick on a caution period just an intended green flag to a four car accident. The accident damage to Patrick’s car that was to the nose and front wing. Her pit promptly made repairs, and due to the yellow, Patrick was able to the field, losing only one

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When the leaders pitted for on lap 172, Patrick stayed out to the lead. On lap 194, eventual winner and 2005 series Dan Wheldon passed her as she was forced to in order to conserve fuel. was subsequently passed by both Herta and her teammate Vitor

Patrick’s fourth place was the ever finish for a female at the Indy 500, besting the record of ninth set by Janet in 1977. Patrick led 19 laps [ 17 ]

On July 2, 2005, Patrick won her pole position, leading a sweep by Rahal Letterman at Kansas Speedway. She became the woman to accomplish this in the IndyCar Series, the first Sarah Fisher in 2002 at Speedway. On August 13, 2005, she won her pole at Kentucky Speedway, this time, rain ended qualifying and position was by speeds achieved during She took a third pole at Speedway which tied her Tomas Scheckter ‘s for number of pole positions in a rookie season. [ 18 ]

During the offseason following the racing year, Patrick in the Rolex 24 at Daytona along Rusty Wallace in January The car did not finish and they ended the in 50th place. [ 19 ] Robby has claimed that Patrick’s low body weight constitutes competition due to the inverse proportionality of the mass of a car and its driver, and its maximum [ 20 ]

2006 [ edit ]

Patrick in the 2006 IndyCar Series giving her another chance at and racing in the Indianapolis 500. In the race of the season, the Toyota 300 at Homestead. Patrick qualified behind the Penske Racing of Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. tragedy struck as RLR teammate Dana was … in a crash practice the morning of the race. and Buddy Rice withdrew the race immediately.

The two resumed 2006 IndyCar campaign the second race of the year at St. [ citation needed ]

At the Indy 500. Patrick eighth and finished eighth. Watkins Glen. RLR switched to the chassis and the team struggled to Patrick struggled to remain but her fourth place finishes at and Milwaukee tied her career IndyCar finishes.

At Michigan. car ran out of fuel with three to go and she fell to 17th. She rebounded at and Infineon to finish 8th in both [ citation needed ]

In November, the of Dimes awarded her the title of of the Year in celebration of her dedication and [ 21 ]

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