Danica Patrick Biography
Danica Sue Patrick (March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin) is an American pilot. Who currently competes in the IndyCar Series. Where she was named debutant of the year.
In April 2008 she became the first woman to win career in the IndyCar when she won the Twin Ring Motegi oval in 2008.
Patrick started competing in karting in 1992. Where he won several national championships. At age 16 he moved to England to advance his racing career.
Where he participated in Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall, coming in second place in Britain’s Formula Ford Festival the best result for a woman.
IndyCar Series 2005
After the 2004 season of the Barber Pro Series. It was officially announced that Patrick would participate in the 2005 season of the IndyCar Series.
On May 29, 2005, she became the fourth woman to participate in the Indianapolis 500, after Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher.
After the fastest practice of the month (229.880 mph / 369.95599872 km / h) during the morning of the first day of qualifying. She made a mistake in her qualifying lap, failing in her attempt to capture the pole position. Which he got Tony Kanaan.
However, Patrick’s fourth position was the best classification for a woman in the Indianapolis 500.
She also became the first woman to lead that career. However, after making crucial mistakes. He finished the race in fourth place, the same position he started.
Patrick in the 500 miles of Indianapolis in 2006.
In the first race of the season, at Homestead, he qualified third behind Hélio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. In the Indianapolis 500, Patrick started the eighth race arriving in the same position.
Then came fourth in Nashville and Milwaukee Mile tying his best results in the race.
In Michigan, his car ran out of fuel three laps from the end coming in seventeenth. In Kentucky and Sears Point it finished eighth.
Danica Patrick after qualifying for the 2007 edition of the Indianapolis 500.
On July 25, 2006, Patrick announced that he had signed a contract to compete with the Andretti Green Racing team, to replace Bryan Herta in 2007.
On March 24, in his first race with the Andretti Green Racing team at Homestead, he finished fourteenth after hitting the wall on lap 154.
Later he finished eighth in St. Petersburg, 11th in Motegi and 7th in Kansas.
In the 500 miles of Indianapolis, Patrick finished eighth, during the race came to occupy the second place.
Later in Milwaukee, it had a bad classification nevertheless it managed to arrive until the fifth place before hitting with Dan Wheldon.
Patrick managed to stay in the race but due to the crash, his car suffered aerodynamic damage finishing in eighth place.
Patrick won his first race at the IRL in 2008 at Indy Japan 300.
In the first race of 2008, Patrick came in sixth place in Homestead followed by a sixth place in St. Petersburg.
On April 20, 2008, Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race, after conquering Japan’s 300 miles in the Twin Ring Motegi oval.
Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of Brazilian Helio Castroneves, who had led the race since the first lap and lost the lead on lap 198 of 200.
Patrick during the Toronto Grand Prix. In the first 3 races he gets abandoned, 4th and 5th respectively, later in the 500 Miles of Indianapolis he remains 3rd (adding 35 points) improving the 4th place obtained in 2005.
Later in Milwaukee and Texas, it finishes 5th and 6th respectively, occupying the 5th place in the drivers’ championship.
In Toronto, he had an excellent performance finishing in 6th place, starting from position 18.
Speculation of Formula One
In November 2008 he tested a Formula One car when he participated in a test with the Honda team.
The future Formula One team American F1 team USGPE has considered hiring Patrick as a driver for the 2010 Formula 1 season.
However, Danica said at a press conference in West Allis, Wisconsin that she has not been contacted yet and has no plans to leave the IndyCar.