Danica Patrick


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Indy Racing League (IRL) driver Danica Patrick has taken the professional racing circuit by storm. In a sport where female participation is rare, Patrick is making history. At the 2005 Indianapolis 500 she became the first woman ever to lead the field of drivers. She held first place for a total of 19 laps, but minor errors and a spinout kept her from becoming the first woman to win. She finished the race fourth though, the highest since Janet Guthrie's ninth-place finish 27 years earlier. Born in Beloit, Wisc., on March 25, 1982, Patrick began kart racing through the influence of her sister when she was 10. While her sister quickly moved on and abandoned the sport, Patrick became ho... Continue Bio >>


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