Queen of American Indy car racing
There aren’t too many in the world, let alone a lady, who can boast being an advertising spokeswoman, a model, and a top tier race car driver all at the same go. We at MSN Sports Singapore give you the one exception, Danica Patrick.
Born and raised in Roscoe, Illinois, Danica began racing go-karts at age 10. She then made a swoop into Formula Ford racing at age 16, and finished second in Britain's Formula Ford Festival, making her the only woman to finish that high up the order in the race.
2002 saw Danica get thrown into the limelight when Rahal Letterman Racing announced that she would have a drive with the team for the forthcoming Barber Pro Series, an entry-level open wheel auto-racing series.
Danica's career launching moment came when her entry into the IRL IndyCar Series 2005 was announced by the team, making her only the fourth woman to compete in the event.
Danica was undeniably quick in an IndyCar; snatching pole position was just another day for Danica in qualifying. A race victory eluded Danica for the most part of the racing. Finishing on the podium however was something she was well accustomed to. Not a bad effort by any means at all.
In 2008, the break Danica was waiting for came when she became the first woman to secure an IndyCar race win. The Twin Ring Motegi of the Indy Japan 300 saw Danica Patrick make history by joining a list of very few women to win in top tier American motor racing.
At the moment, the entire world is waiting to see Danica Patrick become the first woman ever to compete in Formula One. A statement from her earlier this year said that there has been no contact from any of the Formula One teams asking her to sign with them. What we do know however is that that she was approached by Honda last year requesting Danica to test for them. Unfortunately, Honda's surprise exit from Formula One saw an end to that.
The world knows that Danica in Formula One isn't a matter of 'if' but 'when'.