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On this day: 05-29-2005

Danica becomes the first woman to lead Indy 500

On this day in 2005, 23-year-old Danica Patrick becomes the first female driver to take the lead in the storied Indianapolis 500. Having previously distinguished herself in the Toyota Atlantic series, Patrick had qualified fourth--another best for a woman--for the 89th Indianapolis 500, only her fifth Indy Racing League event. Patrick entered the Indy 500 in a car co-owned by Bobby Rahal, winner of the Indy 500 in 1986, and David Letterman, the late-night talk show host. Her stellar performance earned her Rookie of the Year honors and a place in the history books alongside Janet Guthrie, who exactly 28 years before--on May 29, 1977--had become the first woman to drive in the Indy 500.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2012BentleyContinental GT4.20012.800Car & Driver
2012BentleyContinental Flying Spur Speed4.70013.200Car & Driver
2011BentleyMulsanne5.00013.300Car & Driver
2011BentleyMulsanne4.90013.400Car & Driver
2010BentleyContinental GTC Speed4.30012.800Car & Driver
2010BentleyContinental Supersports (6 spd. A w/M)3.60012.000Car & Driver
2010BentleyContinental Flying Spur Speed4.30012.900Road & Track
2010BentleyContinental Flying Spur Speed4.30012.900Car & Driver
2010BentleyContinental Supersports3.60011.900Road & Track
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2010BentleyContinental Supersports3.90012.300motorweek.org
2009BentleyBrooklands5.60013.900motorweek.org
2008BentleyContinental GT Speed4.00012.500Road & Track
2007BentleyContinental GT4.30012.900Road & Track
2006BentleyContinental Flying Spur (twin-turbo W-12)4.60013.100(R&T Aug. '05)
2006BentleyContinental Flying Spur4.6000.000motorweek.org
2002BentleyArnage T5.40013.800motorweek.org
2000BentleyArnage8.70016.500motorweek.org