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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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2010SuzukiKizashi7.60015.900Motor Trend
2010SuzukiKizashi7.20016.000Car & Driver
2010SuzukiGrand Vitara Luxury8.50016.600Car & Driver
2009SuzukiGrand Vitara8.60016.600motorweek.org
2009SuzukiEquator7.90016.100motorweek.org
2008SuzukiSX4 Sport7.80016.000motorweek.org
2007SuzukiXL-77.60015.900motorweek.org
2007SuzukiSX49.10016.800motorweek.org
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2006SuzukiGrand Vitara9.00017.000motorweek.org
2005SuzukiReno10.90018.000motorweek.org
2005SuzukiForenza Wagon10.90018.100motorweek.org
2004SuzukiVerona10.50017.800motorweek.org
2003SuzukiAerio GS AWD10.90018.000motorweek.org
2002SuzukiAerio8.30016.500motorweek.org
2001SuzukiGrand Vitara XL-79.40017.100motorweek.org
2000SuzukiGRS1300R Hayabusa2.6009.800motorweek.org