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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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2011Rolls-RoyceGhost (8 spd. A)4.80013.200Car & Driver
2010Rolls-RoyceGhost4.70012.900Road & Track
2010Rolls-RoyceGhost4.70013.000Car & Driver
2010Rolls-RoyceGhost4.70013.000motorweek.org
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2009Rolls-RoycePhantom Drophead Coupe6.00014.700motorweek.org
2006Rolls-RoycePhantom5.90014.500Road & Track
2001Rolls-RoyceCorniche Convertible6.50015.000motorweek.org