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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
2011Saab9-5 Aero XWD6.30014.900Car & Driver
2011Saab9-4X7.20015.600Car & Drive
2008Saab9-36.90015.500motorweek.org
2008Saab9-3TurboXSportCombi6.40015.000Road & Track
2008SaabTurbo X6.50015.000motorweek.org
2007Saab9-3 Conv 20th Anniv6.60015.000Road and Track
2007Saab9-5 Aero6.70015.200Road and Track
2006Saab9-7x (V8)7.90016.300(C&D Sept '05)
2004Saab9-3 Aero6.90015.100
2004Saab9-3 Convertible9.00016.800motorweek.org
2003Saab9-37.30015.800motorweek.org
2000Saab9-3 Viggen6.40015.000
2000Saab9-5 Aero7.00015.300
1999Saab9-3 SE6.80015.300
1999Saab9-3 SE Conv.6.60015.200
1999Saab9-3 Viggen7.00015.200motorweek.org
1998Saab9-57.20015.400
1996Saab900 S8.40016.300
1995Saab900 Turbo Coupe6.80015.200
1994Saab900 SE7.90015.800
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1994Saab9000 Aero 5 spd6.20014.800
1992Saab9000 S10.00017.400
1992Saab9000 Turbo7.50015.900
1991Saab900 S Cabriolet10.70017.700
1991Saab9000 CD9.70017.100
1991Saab9000 Turbo6.80015.200
1990Saab900 Turbo SPG8.50016.300
1990Saab9000 S9.20016.800
1989Saab9000 CD Turbo (auto)9.10016.900
1986Saab90007.60015.600
1985SaabTurbo8.60016.500
1983Saab900 Turbo10.00017.300
1982Saab90013.80019.300
1981Saab900 GLE13.2000.000
1981Saab900 Turbo 4-door (auto)11.4000.000
1980Saab900 Turbo9.70017.200
1973Saab99 EMS11.90018.500
1970Saab99E12.60018.800(C&D Apr '70)
1967SaabV-416.50019.900