Danica Patrick becomes first woman to lead Indy 500

Danica Patrick becomes first woman to lead Indy 500

On May 29, 2005, 23-year-old Danica Patrick becomes the first female driver to take the lead in the storied Indianapolis 500.

Having previously distinguished herself in the Toyota Atlantic series, Patrick had qualified fourth—another best for a woman—for the 89th Indianapolis 500, only her fifth Indy Racing League event. (Toyota Atlantic served as a feeder system for the Champ Car Series, Indy’s rival open-wheel racing circuit. Open-wheel cars are sophisticated vehicles built specifically for racing, with small, open cockpits and wheels located outside the car’s main body.) Patrick entered the Indy 500 in a car co-owned by Bobby Rahal, winner of the Indy 500 in 1986, and David Letterman, the late-night talk show host. After a pit stop on the 79th lap of the 200-lap, 500-mile race, Patrick stalled her engine, falling from 4th to 16th place. She spent the next 70 laps climbing back into the top 10, then took the lead with 10 laps left in front of 300,000 screaming fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

When her team took a gamble that she could make it to the end without an additional pit stop, Patrick was forced to conserve fuel. With six laps left, British driver Dan Wheldon passed her. With his first Indy 500 win, Wheldon became the first Briton to claim victory at the event since Graham Hill in 1966. Patrick, meanwhile, finished in fourth place, behind Vitor Meira and Bryan Herta. Her stellar performance earned her Rookie of the Year honors and a place in the history books alongside Janet Guthrie, who exactly 28 years before—on May 29, 1977—had become the first woman to drive in the Indy 500. Three women before Patrick had driven in a combined 15 Indy 500 events; Guthrie was the previous top finisher, coming in ninth place in 1978.

Three years after Patrick’s star-making turn at the Indy 500, she became the first woman to win an Indy Racing League event, defeating the two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves by nearly six seconds in the Indy Japan 300. Having left her previous team a year earlier, Patrick had joined the team owned by Michael Andretti, son of the legendary driver Mario Andretti and a former racer himself. In a statement honoring Patrick’s victory, fellow Indy driver Sarah Fisher linked the accomplishment with that of Guthrie and other trailblazing women: “Today marks the celebration for all of us who have chipped away at the barriers that many women have faced in fields that are dominated by men. To finally have a female win an open-wheel race is simply a progression of what Janet Guthrie started.”

Patrick retired after the 2018 season.


Danica Patrick to lead Indy 500 field in Chevy pace car

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danica Patrick will be on the track at the Indianapolis 500, at the front of the field once again.

Patrick was announced Wednesday as the pace car driver for IndyCar's marquee event. She will drive a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible to lead the field to green on May 30.

It will be the first Corvette convertible since 2008 to pace “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car," Patrick said. "Maybe they will let me drive it home.”

Patrick as a rookie in 2005 became the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. Her third-place finish four years later was the highest for a woman in the history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She has since retired from racing — her 30th-place finish in the 2018 race was her final start — but Patrick returns to NBC's broadcast crew for the event for the third consecutive year.

Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time Chevrolet will pace the field dating to 1948. It it the 18th race since 1978 the Corvette was selected.

Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race. Company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, were drivers, and Arthur entered the first Indy 500. Gaston Chevrolet won in 1920.

Chevrolet-powered teams have won 11 Indy 500's with nine different drivers.


Danica Patrick Wins Pole Position at Daytona 500

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In 1914, the Canadian Pacific Transatlantic liner Empress of Ireland sank in the early-morning hours following a collision with the liner Storstadt, a much smaller vessel, in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. More than 1,000 people died in what is the largest maritime accident in Canadian peacetime history.

In 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first humans to reach the top of Mount Everest.

In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. She completed 27 laps before her car became disabled. On the same day in 2005, Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead during the same race.

In 1985, British soccer fans attacked Italian fans preceding the European Cup final in Brussels. The resulting stadium stampede killed 38 people and injured 400.

In 1990, renegade Communist Boris Yeltsin was elected president of Russia.

In 1996, in Israel's first selection of a prime minister by direct vote, Benjamin Netanyahu defeated Shimon Peres. The margin of victory was less than 1 percent.

In 1997, Zaire rebel leader Laurent Kabila was sworn in as president of what was again being called the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2004, the National World War II memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington. Thousands of veterans of the war, which ended nearly 59 years earlier, attended the ceremony.

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Woman Makes History at Indy 500 Without Checkered Flag

INDIANAPOLIS, May 29 - Danica Patrick, a 23-year-old rookie who does not drive like one, rocketed into the lead with 10 laps left Sunday in the 89th Indianapolis 500, chasing away earlier misfortune and storming toward a first with each left-hand turn.

No woman had ever led the race, let alone won it. About 300,000 fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway clapped, pumped their fists and screamed, urging Patrick to hang on. She would have loved to, she said, but she also had to save fuel merely to finish the race.

Forced to conserve fuel because of a gamble by her team that she could make it to the end without an additional pit stop, Patrick was passed with six laps left by Dan Wheldon, a 26-year-old Briton who held on for his first Indy 500 victory. Patrick faded and finished fourth, behind Vitor Meira and Bryan Herta.

Three women had driven in a combined 15 Indy 500's before Patrick, and Janet Guthrie was the only woman to finish in the top 10 she was ninth in 1978. Despite making two mistakes, Patrick did much better than that -- achieving a rare distinction for a woman by competing against men at the highest level of a sport and almost winning.

Asked if she had made the point that female drivers could compete against men, Patrick quickly said, "I made a hell of a point for anybody, are you kidding me?"

Patrick, driving in only her fifth Indy Racing League event, had become a phenomenon at the speedway this month, posting the fastest speed in practice on May 12 and qualifying fourth, another best for a woman, for the 33-car starting grid.

Before this year, Patrick, a native of Roscoe, Ill., and a resident of Phoenix, was an accomplished driver in the Toyota Atlantic series. She finished fourth in the previous I.R.L. race, on April 30 in Japan.

The co-owners of her car are Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indy 500 winner, and David Letterman, the late-night talk-show host. The team's top driver, Buddy Rice, won the Indy 500 last year. The consensus among race aficionados was that she had a good chance to win.

Patrick has been marketed by the I.R.L. as an ingénue. The I.R.L. took full advantage of her appearance, posing her for glamorous pictures. But she can also drive fast.

"She's not 23 years old," Letterman said in a television interview after the race. "She's no kid."

Wheldon's victory was the first for a British driver at the Indy 500 since Graham Hill in 1966. Wheldon, who has won four of five I.R.L. races this year, also chased away a speedway ghost for Michael Andretti, the co-owner of his car.

Andretti, who retired after the 2003 season, drove in 14 Indy 500's without a victory.

He led 426 laps in his races here, but never the last one. His father, Mario, drove in 29 Indy 500's and won only once, in 1969.

"No more talk of this stupid curse," Michael Andretti said. "It's dead. It's going to be nice coming back here next year and not talking about that. You know, it gets old, I'll tell you."

Patrick certainly had to overcome more to get to the front of the pack than Wheldon.

She fell to 16th from 4th when she stalled her engine after a pit stop on the 79th lap of the 200-lap race, then spent the next 70 laps climbing back into the top 10.

"I'm going to be mad at myself for the stall," she said.

The preceding caution period was caused by a crash involving Bruno Junqueira and A.J. Foyt IV, the grandson of the four-time Indy 500 winner. Junqueira hit the first-turn wall hard, his car disintegrating as it slid to a stop.

Junqueira, complaining of lower back pain, was taken by ambulance to nearby Methodist Hospital.

He was reported to be in fair condition, but he was kept overnight and is scheduled to have surgery on two fractured vertebrae Monday.

"I'm sure he was running a lot better than I was," said Foyt, who was running six laps off the pace at the time.

Patrick had a close call on Lap 132, clipping wheels with Kosuke Matsuura. Later, as the field reached race speed after a caution period, Patrick made a mistake, abruptly lifting her foot off the gas pedal on the 155th lap to avoid hitting a car driven by Scott Sharp.

Her car went into a spin and had its left front wing knocked off. Her crew replaced the wing.

"I can't believe that my car didn't completely demolish because I got hit, like, twice," she said. "I spun it around, and I can't believe I kept the engine running. Somebody is sitting by my side."

Patrick made another stop so her fuel tank could be refilled, and that decision gave her a chance to win the race. The drivers ahead of her had to stop one more time. If she ran a lower concentration of oil in her fuel, she would have enough to finish.

"Saving fuel had to override everything else," she said.

Patrick, who had become the first woman to lead the Indy 500 by going to the front in the 56th lap, passed Wheldon for the lead with 28 laps left because he had to make another pit stop. She led the next 14 laps before Wheldon caught her.

Wheldon beat her to the start-finish line by no more than three feet before a trailing car driven by Matsuura brushed the wall, bringing out a caution flag for the eighth and final time. The pass benefited Patrick more than Wheldon.

"Unfortunately, you're a sitting duck when you restart in the lead here," Wheldon said. "And she was able to get back by."

Rahal told Patrick that she needed to come up with the restart of her young career, and she blasted past Wheldon at the start-finish line with 10 laps, or 25 miles, left in the race.

"I thought for a second we were going to win this thing," she said.

But Andretti knew Patrick's tires were older and did not have as much grip as Wheldon's. Her car was also much closer to running out of fuel than Wheldon's. He passed her entering the first turn of the 194th lap.

Meira, her Rahal Letterman teammate, passed her, then Herta, another of Andretti's drivers, did the same.

Meira had been overshadowed by Patrick this month. Everyone else in the field had been.

"I would have liked to have had more attention and everything," Meira said, "but to have attention, you have to do credible things like everyone else is doing."

Wheldon won the race under caution, after Sébastien Bourdais's car slapped the wall on the next-to-last lap.

Denied for so many years as a driver at Indianapolis, Andretti took the bottle from Wheldon and tasted the milk.

"Never had a sip of that," he said.

Now, Patrick must wait. She did not seem to mind.

"I kind of screamed in my helmet a few times," she said. "But nobody could hear that, and you have to calm down and be smart and not make stupid mistakes. I think, as a result of that, you're in the game."

Correction: June 17, 2005, Friday A front-page article on May 30 about the Indianapolis 500, in which Danica Patrick finished fourth, higher than any other woman who has driven in the race, referred imprecisely to her strategy to save fuel after her final pit stop. She ran a lower mixture of fuel, not oil in fuel, so she would have enough to finish.


Danica Patrick to lead Indy 500 field in Chevy pace car

FILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Danica Patrick waits during qualifications for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Danica Patrick will be on track at the Indianapolis 500, at the front of the field once again. Patrick was announced Wednesday, May 19, 2021, as pace car driver for the Indianapolis 500. She will drive a 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible to lead the field to green at the start of the May 30 race.
“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car,” Patrick said. “Maybe they will let me drive it home.”(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick will be on the track at the Indianapolis 500, at the front of the field once again.

Patrick was announced Wednesday as the pace car driver for IndyCar’s marquee event. She will drive a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible to lead the field to green on May 30.

It will be the first Corvette convertible since 2008 to pace “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car,” Patrick said. “Maybe they will let me drive it home.”

Patrick as a rookie in 2005 became the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. Her third-place finish four years later was the highest for a woman in the history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She has since retired from racing — her 30th-place finish in the 2018 race was her final start — but Patrick returns to NBC’s broadcast crew for the event for the third consecutive year.

Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time Chevrolet will pace the field dating to 1948. It it the 18th race since 1978 the Corvette was selected.

Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race. Company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, were drivers, and Arthur entered the first Indy 500. Gaston Chevrolet won in 1920.

Chevrolet-powered teams have won 11 Indy 500’s with nine different drivers.

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Patrick was born on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin. [2] She is the daughter of working-class parents Beverly Ann (née Flaten) and Terry Joseph "T. J." Patrick Jr. [3] Her parents met on a blind date at a snowmobile event in the 1970s when Flaten was a mechanic for a friend's snowmobile. Over the years, the couple have owned a Java Hut coffee shop and a glass company. [4] Patrick has a younger sister, Brooke, a pediatric physical therapist. [5] She is half Norwegian, as well as part Irish, French-Canadian, Italian, and Native American. [6] Patrick was raised in Roscoe, Illinois. [7]

She was a cheerleader at Hononegah Community High School in nearby Rockton in 1996. [8] She spent her off-time babysitting for a nearby family when she was not racing. [9] Initially she had no interest in racing [10] Patrick thought of a career as either a secretary, a singer, or a veterinarian. [11] When the girls were ten and eight respectively, their parents sought a hobby that would bring the family closer together. They saved money to purchase a pontoon boat, but its owner did not respond to their offer. [5] The sisters told their parents of their wish to race go-karts after a friend of Brooke's allowed her to drive one they were both given a go-kart. [12]

Patrick began karting at Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, Wisconsin. [a] [13] Her father acted as her crew chief and her mother kept statistics on her racing. [14] Patrick had no role models or idols she was never "striving to achieve female goals," but aspired to "be the best [she] could be." [15] In her debut race, she crashed into a concrete wall at 25 mph (40 km/h) due to a brake failure. She was not injured. [12] [5] Patrick improved to finish second out of twenty drivers at the year's end after a twenty-two race schedule. [16] She gradually improved her eye to foot coordination, allowing her to set numerous age track records at Sugar River Raceway and Michiana Raceway Park. [17] Following her interest in kart racing, Patrick dabbled in snowmobiles, motocross, and midget car racing. [12]

At age 13, Patrick asked her parents about moving to California so she could compete throughout the year they declined, citing business commitments. [13] Nevertheless, she ventured across much of the Midwestern United States, and the rest of the country, to enable her to race. To help defray travel expenses, the family sold merchandise featuring Patrick and imposed a rule that prevented her from undertaking activities that would harm her public image. [18] She won ten regional karting titles, and the World Karting Association Grand National Championship in the Yamaha Sportsman, and later HPV class three times: in 1994, 1996 and 1997. [b] [7]

Patrick was accepted into the Indianapolis-based Lyn St. James Foundation Driver Development Program in 1996. She was taught auto racing's business ventures, and her driving abilities were further refined. [4] Her father often contacted newspapers weekly to chronicle his daughter's performance. Additionally, ABC and MTV ran television segments on Patrick in 1997. [19] This exposure led to her being hired by John Mecom Jr. (introduced to Patrick by St. James two years earlier) to compete in the United Kingdom racing circuit. [19] [17] Patrick and her father visited Mecom's family, who agreed to sponsor her on the condition she was sent to a high-quality driving school for further refinement of her racing abilities. [12] She ended up attending three driving schools, including Track Speed School at Sebring International Raceway and the Formula Ford driving school. [16] [20] Patrick later competed in a Sports Car Club of America race at Daytona International Speedway in May 1998. [16]

Patrick's parents consented to her dropping out of high school midway through her junior year in 1998, and obtaining a GED certification. [4] [18] She moved by herself to England to advance her racing career and resided in the Buckinghamshire town of Milton Keynes. [18] Three-time Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart helped Patrick [4] and she socialized with drivers such as Jenson Button. [21] Being both American and female, she was met with much opposition. The experience helped her develop a stronger sense of independence and learn to overcome adversity. [18] Patrick received some financial backing from the Ford Motor Company [12] she later lost Mecom's support after one season following rumors that she was living an extravagant lifestyle. She successfully persuaded her father to underwrite her career. [17]

During the three years Patrick spent in the United Kingdom, she raced in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Ford, [13] coming ninth in points in the 1999 British Formula Vauxhall Championship. [12] She competed for Haywood Racing in Formula Ford and was Mygale's lead test driver. [20] Patrick was uncompetitive in Formula Ford, claiming the equipment she received was of poor quality. [17] Nevertheless, she came second in the 2000 Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch with Haywood Racing, tying Danny Sullivan's best performance by an American in the event. [12] This led to her receiving a Formula Three test with Carlin in 2001. Jaguar Racing team principal Bobby Rahal organized a second test for her with the expectation it would lead to her being put in the Paul Stewart Racing development program it was cancelled in mid-2001, after new owner Niki Lauda fired Rahal. [4] [22] That year, she was awarded the Gorsline Scholarship Award as the most aspiring road course competitor, and was recognized as the top female open wheel race car driver with experience on the international scene. [7]

Patrick had a difficult season as the Mygale cars she drove did not suit her smooth driving style, and was outpaced by her teammates. Ford later terminated her program as they suspected the capital they gave her was being misused and felt she was not getting enough technical support. [22] Patrick returned to the United States later that year after her funding dried up. [3] [19] She began negotiations to drive a BMW M3 for Team PTG in the American Le Mans Series in 2002, which ended when BMW withdrew over a technological dispute. [22] [23] Her 2002 campaign began with the fund-raising Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, where she defeated Tommy Kendall to win the professional class, and placed third overall. [24] Patrick and her father traveled to race tracks on weekends with expectations of her being hired by a team owner. [3] She spoke to Rahal about a race seat in June that year he signed her to a three-year contract at Milwaukee Mile. [17] That month, Patrick tested the ppc Racing Ford Taurus NASCAR Busch Series car in a two-day test session at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. [25]

She took part in five races in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, placing 13th in points with a best finish of fourth at Molson Indy Vancouver. [26] Patrick switched to the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2003, and was the first woman to race in the championship since 1974. The season saw her secure the first podium for a woman in series' history at the season-opening race in Monterey. She improved on this by finishing second in Miami at the year's end. Patrick was sixth in the drivers' standings with five top-five finishes. [26] In June that year, she made her sports car debut at the Grand Prix of Atlanta, part of the American Le Mans Series, partnering Jérôme Policand in the No. 80 GTS-class Prodrive Ferrari 550, finishing fourth in class and tenth overall. [27] In 2004, Patrick competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series for the second consecutive year, becoming the first woman to win a pole position in series' history at the Portland International Raceway race. [26] She took the points lead after finishing second, making her the first woman to lead the championship standings. [26] Patrick ended the season third in points with ten top-five finishes in twelve races. [17]

2005–2007 (Rahal Letterman Racing and Andretti Green Racing) Edit

In December 2004, Rahal Letterman Racing named Patrick to their IndyCar Series roster for 2005 after the team found the resources to run a third car. [28] She debuted at the season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, starting ninth and sustaining a crash which led to her being hospitalized for a mild concussion. [29] In the season's fourth race, the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Patrick started second and led 32 laps before settling for her best finish of the season, fourth. [30] After setting the fastest overall practice speed at the Indianapolis 500, she started fourth and missed out on winning the race as she was required to conserve fuel. She came fourth after leading 19 laps and achieved multiple firsts for women at the track. [31] Patrick took her first career pole position at the season's eighth race at Kansas Speedway, becoming the second woman in IndyCar Series history to achieve the feat after Sarah Fisher in 2002. [32] She took two more pole positions at Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway to match Tomas Scheckter's record for the most pole positions in a rookie season. [33] Patrick ended 2005 with an 18th-place finish at California Speedway after a clash with Jaques Lazier, [34] finishing her rookie season with 325 points (12th in the points' standings) and seven top-ten finishes. [35] She was named Rookie of the Year for both the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series. [2]

Patrick returned to Rahal Letterman Racing for the 2006 season. [36] In January, she made her endurance racing debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona, co-driving a Howard-Boss Motorsports Daytona Prototype-class Pontiac Crawford shared by Rusty Wallace, Allan McNish and Jan Lammers. The quartet was in contention for the victory, but retired from overheating problems. [37] Although she qualified third for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300, her team withdrew after teammate Paul Dana was killed in a practice session accident on the day of the race. [38] Thus, Patrick's 2006 IndyCar campaign began at the first road course round of the season, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, where she finished sixth [36] she came eighth at the Indy Japan 300 at Motegi. [39] At the Indianapolis 500, Patrick finished eighth after starting tenth. [40] The rest of her season was modest with four top-tens, which included a season-high placing of consecutive fourth-position finishes: first at the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Speedway, and then the ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 at Milwaukee Mile. [39] Patrick came ninth in the final standings with 302 points. [39] In November, the March of Dimes awarded her the title of Sportswoman of the Year in celebration of her dedication and success. [41]

Before the 2007 season, Patrick moved to Andretti Green Racing, in place of Bryan Herta in its No. 7 Dallara-IR05 Honda. [42] She opened her season with two top-ten finishes in the first four races (eighth at St. Petersburg and seventh at Kansas). [43] Patrick started the Indianapolis 500 in eighth position. She raced competitively with the leaders, and finished in the same position she started, when the race was halted by rain after 166 laps. [44] Patrick clinched her second consecutive eighth-place finish at the ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225 which was overshadowed by a physical confrontation with Dan Wheldon [45] the two reconciled after a private meeting with IndyCar president Brian Barnhart. [46] She took her then best career finish with a third at the Bombardier Learjet 550, [47] and improved on this result by clinching second at the season's penultimate race, the Detroit Indy Grand Prix at Belle Isle Street Circuit. [48] Patrick closed off the year by coming eleventh at the season-closing Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, to place seventh in the drivers' standings with 424 points and eleven top-ten finishes. [43]

2008–2009 (first victory and peak performance) Edit

To begin the 2008 season, her second with Andretti Green Racing, Patrick scored her then best career Homestead finish of sixth. She followed that up with another top ten by scoring a tenth-place finish at St. Petersburg. [49] At the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on April 20, Patrick moved to the front of the field with three laps remaining after the previous leaders were forced to make pit stops for fuel and held the first position to secure her maiden IndyCar victory. [50] This made her the first woman to win a top-level sanctioned open wheel car racing event. [51] At the season's fourth round at Kansas Speedway, Patrick finished 19th after a hubcap failure. [49] After qualifying fifth for the Indianapolis 500, she retired from the race early after a collision with Ryan Briscoe in the pit lane. [52] Thereafter, Patrick finished within the top ten for five of the next six races in the season. [49] At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, an incident with Milka Duno in practice turned into a confrontation before walking away. [53] She ended the season with three further top-ten finishes with a best of fifth at Infineon Raceway. [49] Patrick finished sixth in the final standings with 379 points, the highest placed American over the course of the season. [54]

In the 2009 off-season, she made her second appearance at the 24 Hours of Daytona and teamed up with Casey Mears, Andy Wallace, and Rob Finlay in the No. 2 Daytona Prototype class Pontiac Crawford DP08 fielded by Childress-Howard Motorsports, finishing eighth in class and overall after overcoming several mechanical issues. [55] Patrick again returned to Andretti Green Racing for the 2009 season. [56] She placed 19th in the first race of the season, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, after clashing with Raphael Matos while in ninth place. [56] Patrick recovered to finish fourth and fifth in the next two races of the season, at Long Beach and Kansas. [57] She took her best career finish in five attempts at the Indianapolis 500 by finishing in third position. This set a new record for the highest-placed finish for a woman in Indianapolis 500 history. [58] For the rest of the season, she scored seven more top-ten finishes with her best being a pair of fifth positions at the Milwaukee and Richmond races. [59] Patrick finished the season fifth overall in the point standings, her highest finish to date. This fifth-place finish was not only the highest of any of the Andretti drivers, but of any non-Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing driver for the season. [60] In December, she signed a contract extension that would see her through the next two seasons, with the option for a third in 2012. [61]

2010–2011 (final two full-time IndyCar seasons) Edit

The 2010 season saw Patrick return to drive with the newly renamed Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series, as well as a limited schedule with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series). [61] As in the previous year, her season began poorly as she could only muster a 15th-place finish at the inaugural São Paulo Indy 300 after spinning in inclement weather. [62] Nevertheless, at the season's second round, the delayed Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Patrick made her first appearance in the top in seventh. [63] At the Indianapolis 500, she qualified a career low 23rd in the race, Patrick struggled with her car en route to finishing sixth. [64] The Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway one week later was her best performance of the season, which saw her lead one lap and finish in second. [65] At the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Patrick set a new series record for the most consecutive races running at the finish with her 29th event passing without her failing to finish. [66] She ended her season by equaling her best result of the season in the final IndyCar race at Homestead-Miami Speedway which enabled her to finish tenth in the drivers' standings with 367 points. [67]

In January 2011, Patrick's contract required her to inform Andretti team owner Michael Andretti of her plans for 2012 and she told him of her intention to leave. [68] The beginning of the 2011 season saw her struggle in comparison with her previous two years at Andretti. Patrick twice suffered car damage at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, after collisions with Justin Wilson and J. R. Hildebrand relegated her to twelfth. [69] She struggled in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Because her car failed a technical inspection, she was placed at the back of the qualifying line, and took 26th despite rain threatening to stop her setting a lap time. [70] Patrick led ten laps in the race and was tenth after conserving fuel. [71] She then took a further six top-ten finishes heading into the final race of the season with her best finish (fifth) coming at the Milwaukee 225. [72] At the season-closing IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Patrick was one of nineteen drivers who avoided a fifteen car pile-up that killed Dan Wheldon the race was abandoned and she and the rest of the field were not scored. [73] This was her final regular season IndyCar race as she announced in August 2011 of her plans to focus on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series full-time from 2012. [c] [75] Patrick placed tenth in the drivers' standings with 314 points. [72]

2018 (Indianapolis 500) Edit

Patrick's final race was the 2018 Indianapolis 500. Having difficulty with the car setup, [76] she lost control going into turn two on Lap 68 and crashed into the outside wall. Patrick came back down the track and then hit the inside wall. Patrick started in seventh position and was ranked thirtieth. [76] [77] [78]

2010–2011 (ARCA and Nationwide Series) Edit

Patrick began her stock car racing career by entering an ARCA Racing Series race in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway. She finished in sixth place after spinning early in the race. [79] [80] At the season-opening Nationwide Series race, the DRIVE4COPD 300, Patrick started 15th and finished 35th after being caught up in a 12-car crash. [81] In the season's third race, the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, she finished 36th after colliding with Michael McDowell on the 82nd lap. [82] Although Patrick struggled during her rookie season, [83] she had her best finish of the year at the season-ending Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway where she came 19th. [84] She finished 43rd in the drivers' standings, with 1,032 points in 13 starts. [85] In September, Patrick entered the K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Speedway to broaden her stock car racing experience. [83] She finished sixth after briefly leading the race. [86]

Patrick remained at JR Motorsports for the 2011 Nationwide Series, and ran a part-time schedule that consisted of twelve races. [87] She finished 14th and 12th at the season's opening two races at Daytona and Phoenix International Speedway. [88] Patrick became the highest-finishing woman in national NASCAR history at Las Vegas when she surpassed Sara Christian's 62-year record to place fourth in the Sam's Town 300 race (the highest in her Nationwide Series career). [89] She took her third top-ten finish of the season when she came tenth in the Subway Jalapeño 250 at Daytona after leading a total of 13 laps before being involved in a multi-car incident coming to the checkered flag on the last lap of the race. [90] Patrick's best performance throughout the rest of the season was an eleventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway she came 26th in points, with 321 accrued. [88]

2012–2014 (switch to the Sprint Cup Series) Edit

In 2012, Patrick raced full-time in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports and began competing a limited schedule with ten races in the Sprint Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing in an alliance with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in the No. 10 Chevrolet Impala. [d] [92] Because TBR moved its top-35 owner points from the No. 36 driven by Dave Blaney to the new No. 10, she was guaranteed a spot at the Daytona 500. [93] Patrick began her season by qualifying on the pole for the DRIVE4COPD 300, making her the second woman to achieve this feat in national NASCAR after Shawna Robinson in 1994. [94] Her participation in the Daytona 500 was over after one lap when she was involved in a four-car accident, finishing 38th, 74 laps behind race winner Matt Kenseth. [95] Patrick closed off her first full-time Nationwide Series season with four top-ten finishes, and placed tenth in the final points standings. [96] Her season's best result was at Texas Motor Speedway where she came eighth. Patrick's best road course finish in her NASCAR career came at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, coming ninth and led a season-high twenty laps. [83]

Team owner Tony Stewart invited Patrick to compete in the fund-raising Prelude to the Dream dirt track race at Eldora Speedway in June. She finished three laps down in 15th place after hitting the wall and being off the pace. [97] [98] In her fourth Cup start, the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, she was running strong before she crashed on lap 436 from contact with Regan Smith, which became her first did not finish (DNF) in the series. [99] Patrick had her first lead lap finish at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 24th, the last car on the same lap as the leaders. [100] During the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Patrick spun Landon Cassill in turn one, but ended up wrecking her car on the outside wall. Cassill, who managed to save his car, said on his radio: "Rule No. 1 in stock car racing is learn how to wreck someone without wrecking yourself." [101] Her final race of the season at Phoenix was embroiled in controversy as her car leaked oil and NASCAR elected not to wave the caution flags, causing an accident between Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman. This decision was criticized by drivers and team owners. [102] With no top-tens, two DNFs and an average finish of 28.3 in her ten starts Patrick was not classified in the final standings since she did not contest the full championship, so was ineligible to score points. [103]

In the 2013 season, Patrick returned to Stewart-Haas Racing to contest her first full season in the Sprint Cup Series. [104] She was assigned teammate Ryan Newman's former crew chief Tony Gibson and his pit crew. [105] Patrick simultaneously became the first woman to clinch the pole position for the Daytona 500 and the first female to achieve the feat in the Sprint Cup Series. [106] She ran strongly in the top ten for most of the race, but fell back from third place in the final three laps to finish eighth, becoming the highest placing woman driver in the history of the Daytona 500. [107] Having led 5 laps, she joined an elite club of only 14 drivers to have led both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. In the May exhibition Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Patrick finished ninth and advanced to the Sprint All-Star Race by virtue of a fan vote. She started from the 22nd position and finished two spots higher than that. [108]

Patrick struggled after the season opener, failing to finish in the top-fifteen in the next 28 races over the next seven months. [109] In 36 races, she had one top-ten, an average finish of 26.1, five DNFs and was 27th in the standings with 646 points. [110] She was second in the Rookie of the Year standings after a season-long battle with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [111] In the Nationwide Series, Patrick drove the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 and the first of two races at Talladega Superspeedway, the Aaron's 312, in the No. 34 Turner Scott Motorsports car. She finished thirty-sixth and thirty-ninth after a respective engine failure and crash. [112]

Patrick remained with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series. [113] As she won the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500, she was eligible for the Sprint Unlimited, [114] finishing sixteenth after being involved in a multi-car accident. [115] Patrick started twenty-seventh for the Daytona 500 and led briefly during the pit stop cycle before Aric Almirola clipped her, sending her car into a wall that lacked a SAFER barrier she finished 40th. [116] She set three records during the season: the first came at the Aaron's 499 where she was the first female to lead at the track, and her finishing position of 22nd was the best for any woman at the circuit. [117] Patrick had the best qualifying performance for any woman at a non-restrictor plate track when she put her car fourth on the grid for the Coca-Cola 600. [118]

She clinched her best finish in the Sprint Cup Series with a sixth at the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making her the second woman to take a top ten at the circuit this beat the record of Janet Guthrie's tenth-place finish in 1978. [119] She was assigned teammate Kurt Busch's crew chief Daniel Knost and his pit crew for the season's final three races, and was later appointed her full-time crew chief for 2015. [120] At the season's end, Patrick finished 28th in points, one position down from the previous year, although she finished with 89 more points than her rookie season. She also had an average finish of 23.7, 2.4 positions better than her rookie year, with three top-tens and four DNFs. [121] Early in the season, Patrick again drove for Turner Scott Motorsports in its No. 34 car at the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300, starting third and finishing 19th. [122]

2015–2018 (final years in NASCAR) Edit

For 2015, Patrick again stayed with Stewart-Haas Racing. [123] She began her season in the Sprint Unlimited by finishing tenth after escaping with collateral damage from a multi-car accident. [124] Patrick started at the back of the field for the season-opening Daytona 500 and finished 21st. [125] After scoring two top-tens (seventh at the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway and ninth at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway), she eclipsed Janet Guthrie for the most top tens by a woman in Sprint Cup Series history. [126] Patrick led two laps of the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway during the pit stop cycle, and finished 16th, [127] and at the Quaker State 400, she became the first woman to start a hundred Cup Series races. [128] At the Fall Martinsville race, she had twenty-five owner and drivers points deducted, was fined $50,000, and put on probation by NASCAR until the end of 2015 for an intentional retaliatory crash against David Gilliland. [129] In 36 races, Patrick scored 716 points, placing her 24th in the drivers' standings, the highest of her career. She had two top-ten finishes, an average finish of 23.5, and failed to finish four times. [130]

Patrick had signed a multi-year contract which allowed her to stay at Stewart-Haas Racing for 2016. [131] She also switched crew chiefs from Daniel Knost to Billy Scott for the upcoming season. [132] At the first race of the season, the Daytona 500, she retired when she made contact with Greg Biffle on the 184th lap, spun into the grass and heavily damaged her car's front end. [133] Patrick was fined $20,000 for gesturing to Kasey Kahne after he wrecked her car at the Auto Club 400. [134] She was involved in a high-speed crash with Matt Kenseth at Talladega which necessitated a chest radiograph. [135] Patrick struggled with form during the season, but did improve her average result for the fifth consecutive year to a career-high 22.0 in thirty-six starts. Her best result of the season was eleventh place at the fall Charlotte race, and she led a career-high 30 laps. [132] Patrick was again 24th in the final drivers' standings, but had fewer points than the previous season, at 689 accrued, and did not finish three races she entered. [136]

Patrick remained with Stewart-Haas Racing for the duration of the renamed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. [131] She began her campaign with her best finish in any NASCAR Cup Series race with a fourth place at the Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona. [137] Patrick was credited with a 33rd-place finish for the season-opening Daytona 500 after she was forced into retirement from being caught up in a multi-car accident. [138] She later took her first top-ten finish in seventy-seven races when she placed tenth at Dover on June 4. [139] On November 17, Patrick announced that she would step away from full-time racing after the season finale at Homestead-Miami, though she also announced plans to compete in the 2018 Daytona 500 and 2018 Indianapolis 500. [140] She retired halfway through when her right-rear tire blew after glancing the wall and she collided heavily with another barrier. [141] Patrick finished the 2017 season with one top-ten, eleven DNFs and an average finish of 23.8. She scored 511 points, putting her twenty-eighth in the drivers' standings. [142]

In January 2018, it was announced that Patrick would be reunited with longtime partner GoDaddy for sponsorship of the "Danica Double" and assistance as she moved on to her life as a business woman and entrepreneur. [143] For her final NASCAR race at the 2018 Daytona 500, Patrick signed with Premium Motorsports to drive its No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 after discussions with Chip Ganassi Racing did not yield in a race seat. [144] Her final Daytona 500 came to an early end when she was involved in a six-car accident on lap 102, placing 35th in the final results. [145] [146] Patrick concluded her NASCAR career with no wins, and finished in the top ten in 3.6% of her 191 races. [146] On March 7, 2018, it was announced that her final Indianapolis 500 appearance would be in a third car for Ed Carpenter Racing. [147]

Formula One speculations Edit

Patrick was scheduled to test for Formula One team Honda in November 2008, [148] but this was called off when the Honda team pulled out of the sport. [149] In late 2009, the American Formula One team US F1 allegedly considered testing Patrick for a potential drive in 2010. [150] However, she said she was not contacted by anyone from the team and had no plans to leave the IndyCar Series for Formula One at the time. [151] After the announcement of the return of Formula One to the United States in 2012, Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said that "to have someone like Danica Patrick in F1 would be a perfect advert." [152] However, in 2015, Patrick asserted that she had no desire to move into Formula One, because she was too old to switch racing series she said that she felt more comfortable being around her family and friends in NASCAR. [153]

Patrick has hosted several TV shows on Spike, including "Powerblock", and featured in the 2005 documentary Girl Racers. [154] She drove a Pagani Zonda Roadster around the streets of Monaco in the music video of Jay-Z's song "Show Me What You Got" in 2006. [155] That year, she published her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line. [156] On April 24, 2008, Patrick was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman after winning her first IndyCar race. [157] During testing at Phoenix International Raceway, GoDaddy.com filmed a commercial with her that aired nationally. At the same test, at GoDaddy's invitation, Patrick met with Paul Teutul Sr., and Mikey Teutul, and later appeared in an episode of American Chopper. She was also in a 2008 "inspirational, feel-good" GoDaddy commercial called "Kart" that features a girl who aspires to be like Patrick. [158] On February 1, 2009, Patrick appeared in two GoDaddy commercials aired during Super Bowl XLIII. The Most Watched Super Bowl commercial of 2009, according to TiVo, was her "Enhancement" ad for GoDaddy.com. [159] Patrick has appeared in a total of fourteen Super Bowl commercials, more than any other celebrity. [160]

Patrick made her acting debut in the February 10, 2010, episode of CSI: NY where she played a race car driver suspected of murder. [161] She also voiced herself in a cameo role in The Simpsons episode "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?". [162] Patrick appears as a playable guest character in the video game Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, providing her own voice and appeared in the game's commercial. [163] [164] She also appeared in Archie Comics' Sonic Universe #45, which adapted some of the game storyline. [165] Fox NASCAR hired Patrick on February 21, 2015, as a booth analyst for Xfinity Series races. She provided commentary for the race at Michigan. [166] Patrick also voices the race car character Rally in Nickelodeon's Blaze and the Monster Machines 2016 animated series. [167] In June 2017, she joined Fox's Cup driver-only broadcast of the Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway, working in the studio alongside Denny Hamlin. [168] A documentary entitled Danica which chronicles Patrick's professional and personal life premiered on November 8 on Epix. [169] Her second book, Pretty Intense, was released on December 26. [170] Patrick had a cameo role in Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" featuring Cardi B. [171] On 18 July, she became the first woman to host the ESPY Awards. [172] Patrick was a studio analyst for NBC's broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 and 2020. [173] In August 2019, she launched a weekly podcast called Pretty Intense in which she discusses success and spirituality with guests. [174]

Endorsements and philanthropy Edit

IMG talent agency and Excel Sports Management represent Patrick. [14] [175] She has appeared in advertising campaigns for AirTran Airways, Secret, Nationwide Insurance, Tissot, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Peak Antifreeze, William Rast, Hot Wheels, GoDaddy.com, Nature's Bakery and Lyft. [176] [177] Patrick promotes health-conscious lifestyles and partnered with Williams Sonoma to campaign for No Kid Hungry. [178] She is the celebrity spokeswoman for DRIVE4COPD, an awareness campaign for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, from which her grandmother died. [179] In 2014, she joined The Players' Tribune as a featured writer, having been immediately attracted to founder and former shortstop Derek Jeter's concept of allowing athletes to write and control their own content. [180]

Business ventures Edit

Patrick owns her own brand of wine, called Somnium, which means "dream" in Latin. [181] The Somnium Vineyard is located in the area of St Helena, California within the Howell Mountain AVA, covering an area of 24 acres (9.7 hectares), at elevations from 1,000 to 1,375 feet (305 to 419 m). [182] Patrick owns her own athleisure collection, called "Warrior by Danica Patrick", [183] that was created in partnership with G-III Apparel Group and named after the Native American mythology she had been exposed to in Arizona. [184]

In a 2017 article for The Guardian, Andrew Lawrence described Patrick as "an anti-Mulan" who infiltrated and thrived in a male environment while accentuating her womanhood. He also said she is "an instrument of male and female fantasy, the sports pinup who grinds harder for feminism, day-to-day, than the great Billie Jean King ever could". [185] Henry Hutton of the Independent Tribune noted that when Patrick entered IndyCar in 2005, she rapidly became a pop culture icon largely due to her gender and modelling, but her driver profile depreciated from car problems, racetrack accidents and uncompetitiveness. [186] She is outspoken, and quick-tempered, but self-deprecating. [187]

She has been a magazine cover model for FHM, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide and ESPN: The Magazine and ranked highly on beauty lists and in polls, about female athletes. [3] [188] People magazine named her one of the most beautiful people in the world in 2006. [189] The following year, Patrick was voted the sexiest athlete in the Victoria's Secret "What is Sexy" list. [190] She was voted No. 42 in 2006 and No. 85 in 2007 in FHM's 100 sexiest women in the world. [191] [192] In an interview with Fox News in 2012, Patrick objected to being labeled a sex symbol: "People don't know how to describe women in a pretty way. Do you call Blake Griffin a sex symbol because he was on the cover of Men's Health with his shirt off? People just don't know what to call women who look attractive." [193] She expressed a different view five years later, saying she felt "awesome" about being a sex symbol: "The exposure that was generated because of being female and using my attributes — it works." [194]

Patrick has featured on sports power and popularity lists. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked her the 50th and 88th most powerful person in the world of sports in 2008 and 2010, respectively. [195] [196] Time magazine named her a candidate for the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009 and 2010. [197] [198] She has been highly ranked in the Davie-Brown Index for several years, [3] [199] and peaked at number eight among female athletes in 2010. [177] Patrick was the Harris Poll's favorite female athlete in 2008 she placed second behind tennis player Serena Williams in 2007 and again from 2013 to 2015. [200] Between 2007 and 2013, she appeared on Forbes' list of the 100 highest paid celebrities four times, ranking in the bottom quartile [201] and was 93rd on the magazine's The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2010. [202] Her endorsement deals generated a Q Score—the industry's measure of celebrities' likability—peak of 29 in 2010. [203]

Impact and criticism Edit

Patrick's strong fan base voted her the IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver from 2005 to 2010 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver in 2012. [26] She was voted the Favorite Female Athlete at the Kids' Choice Award in 2008, 2012 and 2013. [204] She also won the legend award at the 2018 Kids' Choice Sports. [205] Increasing attendance at auto racing events and improved television ratings have been attributed to Patrick by scholars and the press. [177] She has inspired many young girls' interest in motorsports, leading them to race competitively. Some have credited her with preventing the dissolution of the IndyCar Series, and strengthening support for NASCAR. [177] Patrick has been called a trailblazer or pioneer for women in auto racing, [206] and commentators agree her achievements have broken the gender barrier in an industry that is overwhelmingly male. [207]

Patrick has come under scrutiny from the media and fans throughout her career. [e] [186] She has been called a "gimmick" or a "publicity stunt" by some fans for lack of better racing results. [208] Critics have compared her to former tennis player Anna Kournikova for her lack of on-track success and promotion of her looks, though the similarities have been questioned by others. [209] Prior to her 2008 Indy Japan 300 triumph, Patrick was criticized by commentators and fans who claimed her

100 lb (45 kg) body weight constituted an unfair advantage. [210] [211] Indy Racing League president Brian Barnhart responded that her weight "had a virtually minimal effect on the competition". [210] In June 2013, former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty called Patrick a "marketing machine" and asserted that she was not a race car driver. [212] In February 2014, during an appearance at the eighth annual Canadian Motorsports Expo, Kyle's father, Richard Petty, criticized her for not winning more races. [213]

In 2005, Patrick married physical therapist Paul Edward Hospenthal, whom she met at his office in 2002 when she was recovering from a hip injury she sustained during a yoga session. [214] [215] They divorced in 2013. [216]

She was in relationships with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (from 2012 to 2017) and NFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers (from 2018 to 2020). [217]

She is in a relationship with American businessman Carter Comstock. [218]

Film Edit

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2008 American Chopper Herself Episode: "Go Daddy Bike 2"
2010 CSI: NY Liza Gray Episode: "The Formula"
The Simpsons Herself (voice) Episode: "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?"
2013 Chopped Herself (contestant) Episode:"Sports Stars"
2016 Blaze and the Monster Machines Rally (voice) 4 episodes
2017–2019 Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures Danni Sue (voice)
2017 American Ninja Warrior Herself (guest) Episode: "Cleveland Qualifiers"
2019 Project Runway All Stars Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Pedal to the Medal"
2020 Beat Bobby Flay Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Ready Set Grill"
2021 Running Wild with Bear Grylls Herself Episode: "Danica Patrick in the Moab Desert"

Music videos Edit

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2006 "Show Me What You Got" Jay-Z Herself [219]
2018 "Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself (cameo) [220] [221] [222]

Video games Edit

Career summary Edit

American open-wheel racing Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) (Small number denotes finishing position)

Barber Dodge Pro Series Edit

Toyota Atlantic Championship Edit

Toyota Atlantic results
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points Ref
2003 Team Rahal MTY
3
LBH
14
MIL
6
LS
13
POR
6
CLE
5
TOR
10
TRR
5
MDO
10
MTL
7
DEN
5
MIA
2
6th 109 [225]
2004 LBH
5
MTY
3
MIL
4
POR1
2
POR2
7
CLE
3
TOR
4
VAN
4
ROA
4
DEN
5
MTL
4
LS
8
3rd 269 [225]
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Championships Ref
2 1 24 1 0 5 17 0 [225]
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes. *** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

IndyCar Series Edit

IndyCar Series results
Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points Ref
2005 Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz Honda HMS
15
PHX
15
STP
12
MOT
4
INDY
4
TXS
13
RIR
10
KAN
9
NSH
7
MIL
19
MIS
20
KTY
16
PPIR
8
SNM
20
CHI
6
WGL
16
FON
18
12th 325 [35]
2006 HMS 1
DNS
STP
6
MOT
8
INDY
8
WGL
8
SNM
8
9th 302 [39]
Dallara TXS
12
RIR
15
KAN
11
NSH
4
MIL
4
MIS
17
KTY
8
CHI
12
2007 Andretti Green Racing HMS
14
STP
8
MOT
11
KAN
7
INDY
8
MIL
8
TXS
3
IOW
13
RIR
6
WGL
11
NSH
3
MDO
5
MIS
7
KTY
16
SNM
6
DET
2
CHI
11
7th 424 [43]
2008 HMS
6
STP
10
MOT 2
1
LBH 2 KAN
19
INDY
22
MIL
9
TXS
10
IOW
6
RIR
6
WGL
14
NSH
5
MDO
12
EDM
18
KTY
11
SNM
5
DET
16
CHI
10
SRF 3
18
6th 379 [49]
2009 STP
19
LBH
4
KAN
5
INDY
3
MIL
5
TXS
6
IOW
9
RIR
5
WGL
11
TOR
6
EDM
11
KTY
8
MDO
19
SNM
16
CHI
12
MOT
6
HMS
19
5th 393 [59]
2010 Andretti Autosport SAO
15
STP
7
ALA
19
LBH
16
KAN
11
INDY
6
TXS
2
IOW
10
WGL
20
TOR
6
EDM
15
MDO
21
SNM
16
CHI
14
KTY
9
MOT
5
HMS
2
10th 367 [226]
2011 STP
12
ALA
17
LBH
7
SAO
23
INDY
10
TXS
16
TXS
8
MIL
5
IOW
10
TOR
19
EDM
9
MDO
21
NHM
6
SNM
21
BAL
6
MOT
11
KTY
10
LVS 4
C
10th 314 [72]
2018 Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY
30
DET DET TXS ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW POR SNM 38th 13 [227]

1 Rahal-Letterman Racing withdrew both Patrick and Buddy Rice from competition when their teammate Paul Dana was killed in a race-morning practice session accident. 2 Because of Reunification prior to the start of the 2008 IRL season, a compromise was established where teams were permitted to run either the Indy Japan 300 on April 20 with the IRL formula and rules or the Long Beach Grand Prix the same day with the old Champ Car formula and rules. Both races were for full IRL points. 3 Non-points race 4 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.

Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
7 2 114 3 1 6 63 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes. *** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500 Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2005 Panoz Honda 4 4 Rahal Letterman Racing
2006 Panoz Honda 10 8 Rahal Letterman Racing
2007 Dallara Honda 8 8 Andretti Green Racing
2008 Dallara Honda 5 22 Andretti Green Racing
2009 Dallara Honda 10 3 Andretti Green Racing
2010 Dallara Honda 23 6 Andretti Autosport
2011 Dallara Honda 25 10 Andretti Autosport
2018 Dallara Chevrolet 7 30 Ed Carpenter Racing

Sports car racing Edit

American Le Mans Series Edit

American Le Mans Series results
Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points Ref
2003 Veloqx Prodrive Racing GTS Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello Ferrari 5.9L V12 M SEB ATL
ovr:10
cls:4
SON TRO MOS AME MON MIA PET 23rd 10 [228]

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Edit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class) (Small number denotes finishing position)

Rolex Sports Car Series results
Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points Ref
2006 Howard-Boss Motorsports Crawford DP03 Pontiac DP DAY
50/24
MEX HOM LBH VIR LAG PHX LRP WAT1 DAY2 BAR WAT2 INF MIL 106th 7 [228]
2009 Childress-Howard Motorsports Crawford DP08 Pontiac DP DAY
8/8
VIR NJ LAG WAT MDO DAY2 BAR WAT2 CGV MIL HOM 43rd 23 [228]

24 Hours of Daytona Edit

NASCAR Edit

(key) ( Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. Small number denotes finishing position. )

Monster Energy Cup Series Edit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2012 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 Chevy DAY
38
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR
31
CLT
30
DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI
29
ATL
29
RCH CHI
25
NHA DOV
28
TAL CLT KAN
32
MAR TEX
24
PHO
17
HOM 62nd 0 1 [103]
2013 DAY
8
PHO
39
LVS
33
BRI
28
CAL
26
MAR
12
TEX
28
KAN
25
RCH
29
TAL
33
DAR
28
CLT
29
DOV
24
POC
29
MCH
13
SON
29
KEN
23
DAY
13
NHA
37
IND
30
POC
35
GLN
20
MCH
23
BRI
26
ATL
21
RCH
30
CHI
20
NHA
27
DOV
29
KAN
43
CLT
20
TAL
33
MAR
17
TEX
25
PHO
33
HOM
20
27th 646 [110]
2014 DAY
40
PHO
36
LVS
21
BRI
18
CAL
14
MAR
32
TEX
27
DAR
22
RCH
34
TAL
22
KAN
7
CLT
39
DOV
23
POC
37
MCH
17
SON
18
KEN
21
DAY
8
NHA
22
IND
42
POC
30
GLN
21
MCH
18
BRI
27
ATL
6
RCH
16
CHI
19
NHA
19
DOV
25
KAN
16
CLT
26
TAL
19
MAR
34
TEX
36
PHO
22
HOM
18
28th 735 [121]
2015 DAY
21
ATL
16
LVS
27
PHO
26
CAL
19
MAR
7
TEX
16
BRI
9
RCH
25
TAL
21
KAN
27
CLT
22
DOV
15
POC
37
MCH
16
SON
24
DAY
35
KEN
34
NHA
24
IND
27
POC
16
GLN
17
MCH
25
BRI
27
DAR
42
RCH
19
CHI
26
NHA
40
DOV
21
CLT
19
KAN
22
TAL
27
MAR
40
TEX
16
PHO
16
HOM
24
24th 716 [130]
2016 DAY
35
ATL
20
LVS
21
PHO
19
CAL
38
MAR
16
TEX
21
BRI
27
RCH
24
TAL
24
KAN
20
DOV
13
CLT
21
POC
32
MCH
21
SON
19
DAY
27
KEN
17
NHA
14
IND
22
POC
22
GLN
21
BRI
22
MCH
23
DAR
24
RCH
15
CHI
24
NHA
18
DOV
28
CLT
11
KAN
18
TAL
20
MAR
24
TEX
24
PHO
29
HOM
19
24th 689 [136]
2017 Ford DAY
33
ATL
17
LVS
36
PHO
22
CAL
26
MAR
23
TEX
24
BRI
36
RCH
18
TAL
38
KAN
36
CLT
25
DOV
10
POC
16
MCH
37
SON
17
DAY
25
KEN
15
NHA
13
IND
11
POC
15
GLN
22
MCH
22
BRI
25
DAR
26
RCH
23
CHI
18
NHA
18
DOV
18
CLT
38
TAL
21
KAN
38
MAR
17
TEX
17
PHO
25
HOM
37
28th 511 [142]
2018 Premium Motorsports 7 Chevy DAY
35
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 47th 2 [229]
Daytona 500 Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2012 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29 38
2013 1 8
2014 27 40
2015 20 21
2016 16 35
2017 Ford 12 33
2018 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28 35

Nationwide Series Edit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts Ref
2010 JR Motorsports 7 Chevy DAY
35
CAL
31
LVS
36
BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA
30
DAY CHI
24
GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH
27
BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV
35
KAN CAL
30
CLT
21
GTY
22
TEX
22
PHO
32
HOM
19
43rd 1032 [85]
2011 DAY
14
PHO
17
LVS
4
BRI
33
CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI
10
MCH ROA DAY
10
KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
24
BRI ATL RCH
18
CHI DOV KAN
15
CLT TEX
11
PHO
21
HOM
32
26th 321 [88]
2012 DAY
38
PHO
21
LVS
12
BRI
19
CAL
35
TEX
8
RCH
21
TAL
13
DAR
12
IOW
30
CLT
13
DOV
30
MCH
18
ROA
12
KEN
12
DAY
31
NHA
14
CHI
14
IND
35
IOW
11
GLN
43
CGV
27
BRI
9
ATL
13
RCH
29
CHI
12
KEN
14
DOV
16
CLT
11
KAN
10
TEX
14
PHO
10
HOM
13
10th 838 [96]
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 34 Chevy DAY
36
PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL
39
DAR CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 128th 0 1 [112]
2014 30 DAY
19
PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 108th 0 1 [230]

K&N Pro Series East Edit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2010 JR Motorsports 83 Chevy GRE SBO IOW MAR NHA LRP LEE GRE NHA DOV
6
45th 155 [231]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series Edit

(key) ( Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. Small number denotes finishing position. )


Danica Patrick posted three consecutive top-eight finishes in the Indy 500

As Patrick was being wheeled back to her position on pit road, she was visibly upset over the incident as she could be seen banging on her steering wheel. And once it was determined that her day had come to an end, she went looking to take things even further.

Patrick climbed out of her car and began walking down pit road toward Briscoe’s position. But we’re not talking about a casual little stroll here. No, we’re talking about a power march that had a purpose. Now, we obviously don’t know what Patrick had in mind because she never actually reached Briscoe. Security intervened just as she was about to arrive and coaxed her back over the wall and back to her garage. And it turned out to be quite the expensive walk as she was fined $100,000 (as was Briscoe) and placed on probation.


Danica Patrick to lead Indy 500 field in Chevy pace car

FILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Danica Patrick waits during qualifications for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Danica Patrick will be on track at the Indianapolis 500, at the front of the field once again. Patrick was announced Wednesday, May 19, 2021, as pace car driver for the Indianapolis 500. She will drive a 2021 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible to lead the field to green at the start of the May 30 race.
“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car,” Patrick said. “Maybe they will let me drive it home.”(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick will be on the track at the Indianapolis 500, at the front of the field once again.

Patrick was announced Wednesday as the pace car driver for IndyCar’s marquee event. She will drive a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible to lead the field to green on May 30.

It will be the first Corvette convertible since 2008 to pace “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I have always loved Chevy vehicles, and the Corvette convertible is such a beautiful car,” Patrick said. “Maybe they will let me drive it home.”

Patrick as a rookie in 2005 became the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. Her third-place finish four years later was the highest for a woman in the history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She has since retired from racing — her 30th-place finish in the 2018 race was her final start — but Patrick returns to NBC’s broadcast crew for the event for the third consecutive year.

Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time Chevrolet will pace the field dating to 1948. It it the 18th race since 1978 the Corvette was selected.

Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-mile race. Company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, were drivers, and Arthur entered the first Indy 500. Gaston Chevrolet won in 1920.

Chevrolet-powered teams have won 11 Indy 500’s with nine different drivers.

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