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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
2006Isuzui-350 Crew Cab9.30017.000motorweek.org
2003IsuzuAscender9.30016.900motorweek.org
1998IsuzuAmigo8.00016.100
1996IsuzuHombre XS12.10018.800
1992IsuzuImpulse RS7.70015.800
1991IsuzuImpulse XS9.30016.900
1991IsuzuStylus XS9.60017.000
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1989IsuzuAmigo14.20019.500
1989IsuzuI-Mark RS Turbo8.90016.800
1986IsuzuI-Mark12.00019.000
1986IsuzuImpulse Turbo8.50016.400
1984IsuzuImpulse12.90019.000
1983IsuzuI-Mark Diesel19.90021.700