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Danica Patrick Becomes First Woman to Win IndyCar Race

April 22, 2008 09:11 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The victory places 26-year-old Patrick third in the standings as she heads to the Kansas Speedway for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 this weekend.

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Danica Patrick made history Saturday, winning the Indy Japan 300 and becoming the first female driver to win a major series race on a closed course.

"You know, it's going to be one of those things that's remembered,'' she said after winning the Indy Japan 300. "It's a first and firsts are in the history books.''

However, those unfamiliar with auto racing may know Patrick more for her photo spreads than for her driving skills. She recently posed for the 2008 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

But with her consistent hard work and this weekend’s win, “there should be no more comparisons to tennis' Anna Kournikova, who built a reputation based on glamour but never won a title, despite coming tantalizingly close several times,” states Associated Press writer Steve Herman.

Hanna Rosin argues on Slate’s XX Factor blog that Patrick’s femininity, including posing in magazines, makes her win more remarkable: “What makes it sweeter is, Danica is no tomboy, playing by the men's rules.”

Headline Link: Patrick’s historic win

Related Topics: Women making history behind the wheel

Patrick’s swimsuit stint

Opinion & Analysis: Proving herself in a man’s world

Reference: Danica Patrick and Indy racing

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