Danica Patrick takes her first win

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Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby Pepper » Sun 20 Apr, 2008 8:36 am

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Danica Patrick used a fuel gamble to take a historic victory in the delayed Motegi round of the IRL IndyCar Series.

The Andretti Green Racing driver took the lead with just two laps to go as the rest of the front-runners had to pit for fuel, and became the first woman to win a major American open-wheel race.

Patrick had run on the fringe of the top six for most of the race, as Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Penske's Helio Castroneves dominated the event.

But AGR's decision to bring Patrick in for an additional fuel top-up at the end of the final full course yellow paid off spectacularly, allowing her to take a remarkable last gasp victory.

Castroneves led the first half of the race - which was postponed by a day due to poor weather earlier in the weekend - with Dixon, Dan Wheldon (Ganassi) and Tony Kanaan (Andretti-Green) in close pursuit.

1. Danica Patrick Andretti-Green 200
2. Helio Castroneves Penske 200
3. Scott Dixon Ganassi 200
4. Dan Wheldon Ganassi 200
5. Tony Kanaan Andretti-Green 200
6. Ed Carpenter Vision 200
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal-Letterman 200
8. Darren Manning Foyt 199
9. Ryan Briscoe Penske 199
10. Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold 199
11. Hideki Mutoh Andretti-Green 199
12. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold 198
13. Jay Howard Roth 192
14. Roger Yasukawa Beck 134
15. AJ Foyt IV Vision 103
16. Vitor Meira Panther 92
17. Marty Roth Roth 44
18. Marco Andretti Andretti-Green 0

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/66734

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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby LadySnowcat » Sun 20 Apr, 2008 8:45 am

Fantastic...

Well done Danica...
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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby stradlin21 » Sun 20 Apr, 2008 6:22 pm

i stayed up to watch it live

Ed Carpenter and Ryan Hunter Raey were superb all race and their positions don't do justice to their performances but Danica was the star of the show

she handled the pressure of the last few laps brilliantly and swept past Castroneves with ease

she may not have ran too many laps in the lead but her team made the call on fuel and she brought it home, a fully deserved win after a few close races last season

it's great to see Americans like Patrick, Carpenter and Hunter Reay running with the Dixon's and Kanaan's
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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby Kop Alonso » Sun 20 Apr, 2008 8:14 pm

Get in there ...!

That girls got balls ..!

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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby CrazyChick » Sun 20 Apr, 2008 8:20 pm

Congrats Danica,

here's hoping its the first of many wins....
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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby Kop Alonso » Sun 20 Apr, 2008 10:17 pm

I really don't know why she has so many fans ....?

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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby vikki » Tue 22 Apr, 2008 6:56 pm

well done danica. :clap) :clap)

i have been critical of some of the female drivers in the past but imo they shouldn't get a free pass just because they are female any more than drivers should because of their nationality. or because their surname is piquet. :shtm)

but danica has shown she belongs.there were questions asked at the start of the season if she could get the win but it hasn't taken long to answer them!

lets hope this is the first of many. :D
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Re: Danica Patrick takes her first win

Postby AlesiFan » Wed 23 Apr, 2008 10:27 am

Well done to Danica. :wav:

Never again shall I say anything rude about woman drivers. :whistle:
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