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Danica Patrick

Type of Racing: Open Wheel

Race Series: IRL IndyCar Series

Introduction: Danica began karting at the age of 10 when her sister Brooke wanted to begin racing. Brook abandon the sport after a few months but Danica was hooked.
She was lapped six laps into her first event but finished the season second in the points championship out of 20 drivers.

At age 16 Danica made her debut in England in the Formula Vauxhall Winter Series. She ran a limited karting schedule while she attended the Formula Ford racing school in Canada.

In 2000 Danica finished second at the Formula Ford Festival in England, the highest ever finish for an American in the event.

She also drove for Andy Welch in the British Zetek Formula Ford Championship in England and for Haywood Racing in the European Formula Ford Series. And, she served as the lead test driver for Haywood Racing and Mygale Factory Team.

Danica competed successfully over the next few years to see her in 2004 finishing third in the Toyota Atlantic Championship posting 269 points and ten top-five results in 12 races in the Argent Mortgage Toyota/Swift.

She was the only driver in Atlantic?s in 2004 to complete every lap. She became the first female driver to win a pole position in Toyota Atlantic when she collected her first Atlantic pole position for Round 5 at Portland. She collected three podium results in 2004 finishing on the podium (3rd) at Monterrey, Mexico, second at Portland (Round 4) and third at Cleveland.

Current Season: Danica finished third in the 2004 Toyota Atlantic
Championship, the highest finish by a female driver in the series history. Posted ten top-five results and three podium finishes in 12 starts. She finished second in Round 4 at Portland and claimed third place results in Round 2 at Monterrey, Mexico and Round 6 at Cleveland.

Danica became the first female driver to lead an
open-wheel championship when she took the points lead of the Toyota Atlantic Championship after Round 4 of the 2004 season.

She captured the pole position for Round 5 of the 2004 Atlantic Championship. She is the first female to capture the pole position for an Atlantic race.

She became the first female to claim a podium finish in the 30-year history of the Atlantic Series with her third place finish in the 2003 season opener at Monterrey, Mexico.

Finished second at the Formula Ford Festival in England, the highest ever finish for an American in the event.

Won the 2002 Long Beach Grand Prix Pro/
Celebrity event in the pro division, topping
four-time Trans Am champion Tommy Kendall and IRL driver Sarah Fisher.

Three time national karting champion and ten time Great Lakes/Midwest regional karting champion. For more, please see Danica's website

Racing Goals: To become an open-wheel racing champion

Personal: Danica is recently engaged and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a pet miniature schnauzer named William Robert, Billy for short.

An avid fan of music Danica likes everything BUT country and classical. Once an aspiring musician, she played flute and sang in the choir in high school.

She is a frequent movie watcher who prefers comedies, especially those with Adam Sandler and Jim Carey. Her favorite actresses would be Julia Stiles, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.

She loves to roller blade and believes in a variety of activities to work out. She combines running (3-5 miles) and weight training with what she calls ?extreme yoga.?

More about Danica on her website

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