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Danica Is 1st Female to Win IndyCar

Patrick takes the Japan 300
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 10:21 AM CDT
Danica Is 1st Female to Win IndyCar
Danica Patrick of Andretti Green Racing, right, poses with her trophy on the podium as second place finisher Brazil's Helio Castroneves of Team Penske shows his smaller one on the podium.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

(Newser) – Danica Patrick zoomed to victory in the Japan 300, becoming the first female winner in IndyCar history. Patrick pulled ahead when her top competitors were forced to make pit-stops to fuel up in the final laps, the AP reports. "It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. She became the first female driver to lead in the Indy 500 in 2005, helping her to Rookie of the Year honors. (Read more Danica Patrick stories.)

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