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Danica Patrick won the japan indy 300 at or around 11PM central time.



Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history by winning Japan 300

By Shuji Kajiyama (AP)
Published: 2008-04-20
Location: MOTEGI, Japan

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.

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Did the winning car have enought "torque" for her????

I will never forget her Corvette gaffe.
 

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There's nothing that physical about driving a car. In other words, a woman winning a race against a bunch of men where an engine does all the work and most of its mental is nothing to get excited about.
 

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That's a pretty lame way some of you are choosing looking at it. For female racers this is a proud moment, so give Danica her due. It's not like it threatens me or something, so I see no reason for me to downplay it or make snide remarks.

Besides, I know the Japanese guys were probably loving that - an attractive American woman winning and all. It's a good thing for motorsports, even if I'm not a an IRL fan. (SCCA for me)
 

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Congratulations to Danica. I'm going to the Iowa Corn Indy 250 (what a name) June 22nd. I'm hoping to trade some driving tips for her autograph.
 

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There's nothing that physical about driving a car.
It is physical though. Studies have shown the physical demands on drivers. Here is one study:

The results of the road course testing indicated that these drivers reached levels of physical effort similar to those reached in many traditional team sports such as basketball or baseball. The average oxygen consumption recorded while driving near competitive pace on the road course was up to 13 times that of resting energy consumption levels. This work level is comparable to that reported in persons running an eight-10-minute mile or cycling at 20-22 mph. Likewise, on the speedway course, drivers' heart rates were equivalent to 76 percent of the maximum heart rate, well within the target heart rate range of 70-85 percent for prescribed exercise intensity.

http://www.acsm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home_Page&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=4285

I think it's great she won a race.
 

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Did the winning car have enought "torque" for her????

I will never forget her Corvette gaffe.
"I shifted into 6th and it was like there was nothing there." Haha. I think she should stick to racing cars and not reviewing them. Congrats on her win.
 

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Marking women's milestones is so 30 years ago. This is no different then average Joe winning the race. That mentality is what I call progress.
Agreed. Completely agreed.

Ming: Its not snide or rude to come out and say that this is not a big deal. A woman could have won that race years ago - what kept it from happening was simple sexism - nothing more or less. What's snide is chastising those of us that disagree with you. And to imply it has something to do with self-confidence? What it has to do with is what Greg Burr so eloquently put.

Tiburon, its a little different than say, weightlifting. Plenty of women can run an 8 min mile for a very long time. My point is, it doesn't reach the point where a man has an innate competitive advantage - if it did, that would be worth celebrating over.
 

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So... is this like the first race she's ever won?
Yes it is, as an Indy PRO... and if this was a male driver the fact would be pointed out that a first win at 27 years old is fairly common. It is the media coverage she gets and that she is a model that causes many to believe she to be a "Failure" for not winning every time she goes out. This is probibly the beginning of great things.
 

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all those people who try to doawnplay her win, try outracing her. I'm glad she won, it's good for all racing. so, people can stop calling her the anna of racing, because she's won, and anna didn't.
 

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That's a pretty lame way some of you are choosing looking at it. For female racers this is a proud moment, so give Danica her due. It's not like it threatens me or something, so I see no reason for me to downplay it or make snide remarks.

Besides, I know the Japanese guys were probably loving that - an attractive American woman winning and all. It's a good thing for motorsports, even if I'm not a an IRL fan. (SCCA for me)
I agree with most of what you said...however, I have come to actually dislike her. I like auto racing...Nascar, indy car...F1....I don't watch EVERY race, but if i'm home and they are on, I'll watch. But I am SO TIRED of hearing so much about her, when in all reality, she is an average driver at best. I remember 2 years ago I was watching a race, and she was halfway back in the field, yet every couple of minutes they would have a camera on her car and following her around the track and spend almost as much time talking about her as the actual leaders of the race! Is that the way they want to cover it? I guess so...but as I stated above, it has actually got me to dislike her as a driver (rooting interest, at least.)
 
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Right on! I like to see women do well in racing. They can compete. I'd like to see Danica known for her driving skill, and not her looks.
 
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