April 20, 2008 – A woman wins an IndyCar race

When the green flag flew on 4/20/2008 at the Indy Japan 300 it would be Danica Patrick taking home the checkers a few hours later, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race. Patrick was born on March 25, 1982 in Michigan and like many racers began her career in kart racing before moving to Formula Fords in the UK. Patrick moved back to the USA to start her Indy career where was named the Rookie of the Year in 2005 for both the Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season as a whole. Patrick has had a diverse career working as a driver, model and advertising spokeswoman. Her life in the driver’s seat has put her on many different tracks in numerous types of automobiles. She has raced, quite successfully, in Indy (1st place 2008 Japan 300, 3rd place 2009 Indy 500), NASCAR (2013 – first female to win a pole position and 8th place finish at Daytona 500 is best ever by a female).  Signing autographs by Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0,Patrick in the vehicle in which she won the 2008 Indy Japan 300, by By Morio – photo taken by Morio, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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