Standing beside a trophy nearly as tall as she is, her arms raised above her head and hands grasped by runners-up Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race today at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. After 50 tries, she finally made the history books.
The win was far from certain as Patrick began the race in 6th place. She held that place for most of the race, making a gutsy decision near the end of the race to literally come home on ethanol fumes. She led for only 3 laps of the 200 lap race, but it was those laps that she needed and which brought her home to victory lane.
Photo credit: ESPN Sports
Photo Credit: ESPN Sports
Allowing her little time to savor the victory, ESPN reporter Jack Arute already had the ultimate question in order. “Danica, when are you going to win again?” No doubt, it will be soon. Once the girl breaks through, she will be back to bump the boys over again.
Way to go Danica – for a well-deserved win and another breakthrough for women in sports!