Danica Patrick makes motor-racing history

Props to IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, who’s become the first woman to win an IndySeries race, having finished top of the podium in Japan. She finished just over five seconds ahead of Helio Castroneves (who non-petrolheads may know from his appearance on Dancing With The Stars) in her 50th IndyCar race.

The BBC report Patrick as saying: “I’ve been asked so many times when and if I could win my first race and finally, no more of those questions.” Her boss, Andretti Green Racing co-owner Michael Andretti, had fulsome praise for her: “I think Danica is such a fantastic person and I’m thrilled for her that the monkey is finally off of her back. We have all believed in her and she proved today that she is a winner. Frankly, I think this is the first of many.”

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