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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Danica Patrick, Lucky and Good

I missed the Indy, but I do have it on VHS. Reading the reports, Danica Patrick had a very strong run, but she made some big mistakes. She qualified well, starting in 4th. During a pit stop, however, she stalled her engine, and dropped to 16th.

She fought back up to 7th, and then during a yellow flag she lost control of her car, tangling with Tomas Scheckter.

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Somehow, she managed not to stall her engine or hit anything else, and her pit crew quickly repaired the front end of her car.

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She surged to lead the race after the field went in for fuel, but because she didn't she couldn't run full out, and finished 4th.


Racedriven said...

The Indianapolis 500 had four big story lines, with Tony Kanaan on the pole with Andretti-Green Racing leading a lot of laps, many different lead changes and some incredible racing, Dan Wheldon winning one of the most historical races of the year, when Dan ran down Danica Patrick and retaking the lead with less than 10 laps to go, and going on to victory -- Indy 500 winner, but the biggest story and hype with Danica Patrick's impressive 4th place finish after leading more than 20 laps including lap 56 and than conserving fuel and coming up with 4th place. Danica Patrick won the Indy 500 in my book, she will win an IRL race soon, last year in the Toyota Atlantic series and now this year in the IRL showing great talent, great run, first time at indy.....Incredible.

Anonymous said...

A rookie making a few mistakes and still almost winning the greatest spectacle in racing? I'd say she's to be congratulated and respected. I'm sure your first try at the 500 will be a perfect run won't it AP?

The Auto Prophet said...

I was not criticizing her performance! It was amazing that she finished so well, being a rookie and making some mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Danica has inspired women everwhere to drive even faster.