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    Default Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history by winning Japan 300

    Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps.

    Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later.

    "It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. "It was a fuel strategy race, but my team called it perfectly for me. I knew I was on the same strategy as Helio and when I passed him for the lead, I couldn't believe it. This is fabulous."

    The 26-year-old Patrick won in her 50th career IndyCar start, taking the lead from Castroneves on the 198th lap in the 200-lap race.

    "I think Danica is such a fantastic person and I'm thrilled for her that the monkey is finally off of her back," said Michael Andretti, co-owner of Andretti Green Racing. "We have all believed in her and she proved today that she is a winner. Frankly, I think this is the first of many."

    Dixon took the lead from Castroneves on the 93rd lap in the race pushed back to Sunday because of wet track conditions Saturday, but gave up the spot to pit for fuel.

    "We led for a lot of laps but came up short," Dixon said. "But congratulations to Danica for her first victory."

    Patrick, who started from the third row and made her final pit stop on lap 148, stayed close to the leaders throughout the race.

    Patrick went from fourth to second place on lap 197 after Wheldon and Kanaan went into the pit on lap 196. She was as low as eighth place on the 189th lap.

    "I knew there was a good reason for coming to Japan," Patrick said. "I want to thank my team, the fans and everyone who supported me."

    Dixon was third, 10.0559 seconds behind Patrick. Wheldon was fourth, and Kanaan finished fifth.

    Castroneves, awarded the pole position after qualifying was rained out Friday, said Patrick ran a great race.

    "With five laps to go, I was saving fuel," Castroneves said. "When Danica passed me, I realized she was the leader. She did a great job, passed me fair and square and that shows you how competitive our series is."

    Patrick finished a career-best seventh in the season standings last year, and was second in the race at Detroit's Belle Isle.

    At the 2005 Indy 500, she nearly won the pole and became the first female driver to lead the race en route to a fourth-place finish. It was the best finish by a woman at Indy, and helped her take rookie of the year honors.

    Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history by winning Japan 300 - Yahoo! News

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    That trophy is almost as big as she is.

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    she's so hot; i love her hair!!!

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    I think this is a pretty cool, significant thing. Danica Patrick has not been taken very seriously because she's a woman, she's very good looking, and she posed for some provocative photos in some Maxim-type of magazine (and was in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue).

    Previously, the criticisms from paleo-race car fans were really horrible. Like, who did she "do" to get where she was.

    Now, by winning this race, she has substantially more credibility and can quiet most of the naysayers.

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    ^^^^Yet, she still needs to play the pin-up role as though being successful at your job doesn't mean anything unless 14 yr old boys are jacking off to your photo.

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    ^^^^
    yeah, we are so "empowered" these days.
    Santa is an elitist mother fucker -- giving expensive shit to rich kids and nothing to poor kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crumpet View Post
    ^^^^Yet, she still needs to play the pin-up role as though being successful at your job doesn't mean anything unless 14 yr old boys are jacking off to your photo.
    She's not the only female professional athlete who has been in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, though. For example, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams.

    I think the problem for Danica Patrick was that she posed for these photos before she actually accomplished something professionally. Which made her seem like kind of a pin-up lightweight on the order of Anna Kournikova.

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    Who cares if she poses half dressed...she can still drive and clearly win races. More power to her.

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