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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
2010LotusEvora4.9000.000Motor Trend
2010LotusEvora4.90013.400Car & Driver
2010LotusEvora4.90013.400Road & Track
2010LotusExige S 260 Sport4.10012.600Road & Track
2010LotusExige S 260 Sport4.50013.000motorweek.org
2008LotusExige 4.10012.800Road and Track
2008LotusExige S2404.30013.000Road & Track
2007Lotus Elise4.60013.300Road and Track
2007Lotus Exige4.80013.500Road and Track
2007LotusExige S4.50013.400motorweek.org
2005LotusElise (Sport Pack)4.7000.000(Lotuscars.com)
2005LotusElise4.40013.200(C&D Online)
1999LotusElise 190 Sport4.40013.000motorweek.org
1999LotusEsprit V87.60016.000motorweek.org
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1998LotusEsprit V8 Turbo4.40012.800
1997LotusEsprit V-8 & Elise5.30013.600motorweek.org
1996LotusEsprit S4S4.70013.300
1993LotusEsprit Turbo S44.80013.300
1991LotusElan SE6.60015.200
1991LotusTurbo Esprit X-180R4.60013.200
1990LotusEsprit Turbo SE5.10013.700
1989LotusEsprit Turbo5.20013.600
1988LotusEsprit Turbo5.80014.400
1987LotusTurbo Esprit5.60014.300
1984LotusTurbo Esprit6.60015.300
1974LotusEuropa9.40016.900
1970LotusEuropa S211.20018.200
1967LotusElan SE8.00016.400