Go Speed Racer, Go!

Go Speed Racer, Go!

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Danika Patrick set the racing world on it’s ear last month. She’s the most recent heir to the female racing throne! She raced at Indy this year. In the last few laps, Danika took the lead. She held first place until the last 4 laps, then her fuel pressure dropped. She ended up in fourth place. But was a winner by all standards.

Danika is a Beloit, Wisconsin native. She dropped out of high school, earned her GED, and then began racing seriously. In 1998, she began preparing for the Indy circuit.

Although most of her male competitors accept her presence on the race track, some are still stuck in neanderthal times (no offense to the neaderthals!) Comments have been made about a woman’s ability to race (I thought this was 2005??). One racer complained she had an unfair advantage because she didn’t weigh as much as the male drivers. Some even hinted that she was using her looks to promote her career (hmmm…who would make a similar comment about a handsome male driver?) Still others stated their disappointment because she did not win at Indy. Some people are never satisfied! I’d like to know how many men have raced the Indy 500 and never won?

Why is this so important? Danika is only the fourth woman to race at Indy. None has ever held first place at any time during the race. At 23, she has plenty of years ahead of her to perfect her racing skills.

Danika is showing the world that she is a force to contend with. Ethel Flock, Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, and Janet Guthrie would all be proud! Danika is a talented race car driver. It won’t be long before we see a woman up in the winners circle at Indy and other big races.

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