Danica Patrick’s Top Ten Career Moments
Not sure I agree with the rankings, but what the hell. Here they are:
#10: Super Bowl Darling, February 2009
Patrick’s GoDaddy.com commercial during Super Bowl XLIII was reportedly the most watched of the annual viewing party
#9: The Sports Illustrated Cover, June 2005
#8: First Pole, July 2005
After near-misses at Motegi and the Indianapolis 500 in her rookie season, Patrick scored her first pole at Kansas to lead a 1-2-3 sweep by Rahal Letterman Racing.
#7: Joining the Big Boys, May 2005
Team owner Bobby Rahal actually announced two days before the Indianapolis 500 that Patrick would join his team for the 2005 Indy 500
#6: The Catfight in Ohio, July 2008
During a practice session for a race in Ohio, Patrick and fellow driver Milka Duno got into a spat after Patrick accused the Venezuelan of not allowing faster cars to pass her. When Patrick walked into her rival’s pit to complain, Duno refused to listen and twice tossed a towel in Patrick’s face.
#5: Pit Lane Anger at Indy, May 2008
In addition to being fast on the race track, Patrick is also feisty. She proved that after she got knocked out of the way leaving pit lane by Ryan Briscoe’s car late in the 2008 Indy 500. When Patrick returned to the pit area to end her race, she climbed out of her car, took off the gloves and stalked down pit lane in an attempt to confront Briscoe to the cheers of the huge crowd at Indy. Charles Burns, the head of security, interceded and got Patrick to head to Gasoline Alley instead.
#4: Finishing third in the Indy 500, May 2009
#3: First appearance on TrogloPundit, February 19, 2008
In the first of what would become a near-obsession, the widely hailed uber-blogger from Danica’s home state of Wisconsin took up following her career where the now-defunct Badger Blog Alliance had left off.
#2: Leading the Indianapolis 500 , May 2005
This is the race that began ”Danica Mania” as she became the first female to lead the Indianapolis 500…sending the huge throng of spectators into a roar of approval. The soon-to-be Rookie of the Year held the lead until being passed by eventual winner Dan Wheldon with seven laps to go.
Odd that “Rookie of the Year” didn’t make the list, but, onward.
#1 Winning in Japan, April 20, 2008
Competing in Montegi, Japan, Patrick tracked down Helio Castroneves and beat him to the checkered flag in a race that was determined by fuel mileage. In doing so, she became the first female driver to win a major closed-course race.
What? Hey, I’m not making this stuff up. I swear.