Sunday, April 20, 2008
Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history by finishing first in the Japan 300. This initial win came in the 50th race of her career, a career that saw her win Rookie of the Year honors in 2005. In that year she also finished 4th in the Indy 500, the best finish ever by a female driver. This win also erases one of the biggest criticisms of her, that being her inability to win a race. Around racing circles, it was widely believed Danica was more interested in marketing her looks, as opposed to her driving. She did appear in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition. With that pose and this victory, it looks to me as if she is now successful at marketing both!