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Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history (she's a winner!!!)
CNN ^ | 20,April 2008

Posted on 04/20/2008 9:57:48 AM PDT by Kimmers

MOTEGI, Japan (AP) -- Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history on Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps.

Danica Patrick shows off her trophy after winning the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan, Sunday.

1 of 3 Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later.

"It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. "It was a fuel strategy race, but my team called it perfectly for me. I knew I was on the same strategy as Helio, and when I passed him for the lead, I couldn't believe it. This is fabulous."

The 26-year-old Patrick won in her 50th career IndyCar start, taking the lead from Castroneves on the 198th lap in the 200-lap race.

"I think Danica is such a fantastic person, and I'm thrilled for her that the monkey is finally off of her back," said Michael Andretti, co-owner of Andretti Green Racing. "We have all believed in her, and she proved today that she is a winner. Frankly, I think this is the first of many."

Dixon took the lead from Castroneves on the 93rd lap in the race pushed back to Sunday because of wet track conditions Saturday, but gave up the spot to pit for fuel.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Japan; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chat; indycars; irl; racing; sports
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Maybe this will quiet the naysayers.

I am not one of her fans but she is a good driver and I am glad to see she won.

1 posted on 04/20/2008 9:57:48 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Kimmers

Good for her, congratulations.

They will of course call it a pit-window win - but a win is a win.


2 posted on 04/20/2008 10:00:27 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: Kimmers
I'm happy to hear it.

I'll be even happier when the pictures start getting posted.

(seriously, I was stuck on a check-out line a couple weeks ago and noticed the SI swimsuit issue, so I was flippin' through it ... WOW!)

3 posted on 04/20/2008 10:05:03 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her)
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To: Kimmers
In compliance with thread rules:


4 posted on 04/20/2008 10:05:12 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: libertarian27

Hey, Jimmie Johnson won the last Cup race on a fuel gamble too. A year from now all you will see is the win in her collumn and nobody will remember the how.


5 posted on 04/20/2008 10:06:23 AM PDT by umgud
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To: bamahead

She is a winner.


6 posted on 04/20/2008 10:11:04 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I always rely on God and Guns in that order)
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To: Kimmers

whoa ...no way!


7 posted on 04/20/2008 10:11:39 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: bamahead

I am sure there are many on this site that will be thrilled you are in compliance.....


8 posted on 04/20/2008 10:12:23 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Kimmers

I can’t wait to turn on the radio in the morning to hear what all the race car fans are going to say about this.


9 posted on 04/20/2008 10:12:34 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: libertarian27

I am now waiting for the “Yes, but can she win @ Indy.”


10 posted on 04/20/2008 10:13:19 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: bamahead

11 posted on 04/20/2008 10:15:06 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: umgud

Exactly, she won the race. Bravo.


12 posted on 04/20/2008 10:17:13 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: bamahead

Wasn’t she asked to do playboy?


13 posted on 04/20/2008 10:17:28 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Westlander

I dunno, there is something about her that screams, “I’m a man baby....” I don’t find her face all that appealing and she comes off more as a butch than feminine.


14 posted on 04/20/2008 10:19:54 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: bmwcyle

“She’s a winner”:

No, she’s a girl and it was the Indy Japan 300: emphasis “JAPAN”.


15 posted on 04/20/2008 10:20:42 AM PDT by Nick Thimmesch
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To: Nick Thimmesch

She’s a chick so maybe “Indy JAP 300” might be more appropriate?


16 posted on 04/20/2008 10:23:33 AM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: Nick Thimmesch

She’s over rated, now maybe they’ll stop constantly playing her up and talk about the more talented drivers.


17 posted on 04/20/2008 10:24:21 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: Blue Highway

Those ‘For Rent’ tatoos girls have above their butt is a real turn off.


18 posted on 04/20/2008 10:28:28 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander

Those “for rent tatoos” have a fun slang term “tramp stamps”.


19 posted on 04/20/2008 10:31:28 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Westlander

Speak for yourself. They don’t turn me off.


20 posted on 04/20/2008 10:35:32 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Melas

discretion is the better part of valor with chick ink....


21 posted on 04/20/2008 10:40:28 AM PDT by wardaddy (i'm hungry)
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To: JimC214

Would those ‘more talented drives’ be the ones she beat today?


22 posted on 04/20/2008 10:43:20 AM PDT by tokenatheist (Can I play with madness?)
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To: wardaddy

I’m still partial to full wings on the back, so I guess I didn’t get the discretion memo. Just a personal thing. Nothing makes a woman hotter than tats, IMHO.


23 posted on 04/20/2008 10:43:51 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Westlander

Is that a tatoo?


24 posted on 04/20/2008 10:45:25 AM PDT by saganite
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To: Blue Highway
danica patrick
25 posted on 04/20/2008 10:45:56 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: Westlander

But I’m sure she wants to be thought of as a fine driver - not a sex symbol. After all, men and women are the same, right?


26 posted on 04/20/2008 10:46:40 AM PDT by ProfoundMan (Money is the mother's milk of politics but righteous indignation is the drug of choice.)
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To: Melas

She’s a good driver and she’s quite attractive despite the fact that she forgot to grow boobs.


27 posted on 04/20/2008 10:46:57 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Melas

my wife has a 4X4 Lorraine Cross....small of back....not asscrack of course


28 posted on 04/20/2008 10:48:38 AM PDT by wardaddy (i'm hungry)
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To: Melas

29 posted on 04/20/2008 10:51:55 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: libertarian27

She WON!! It’s her RACE!!
The so called leaders had to stop for fuel in the last laps because they didn’t have the fuel to finish the race, how stupid on their part.
God Bless Danica!


30 posted on 04/20/2008 10:55:21 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (God Bless America and The Republicans)
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To: Westlander
Image hosted by Photobucket.com any clue as to what the trampstamp is???
31 posted on 04/20/2008 10:59:46 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: Chode

It’s half American flag / half checkered flag
poorly done
and technically illegal per the flag code, I believe


32 posted on 04/20/2008 11:06:56 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Jack Black

I’m okay with them-as long as they don’t say “Property of Hell’s Angels”.


33 posted on 04/20/2008 11:14:15 AM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: nascarnation
Image hosted by Photobucket.com thx, cause it looks so dark that it looks like it's done to try and obliterate something underneath
34 posted on 04/20/2008 11:16:09 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: mrmargaritaville
Image hosted by Photobucket.com or Property Condemned...
35 posted on 04/20/2008 11:17:59 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: Chode

Looking forward to a thread on branding which is popular.


36 posted on 04/20/2008 11:24:39 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Dog Gone
Yeah and for PEAK to use her as the spokesperson for them using her supposed sex appeal this commercial falls flat on it's back. Kind of a joke only they were serious in trying to make her "sexy".

Not sure if this is the same commercial but a Google search revealed a guy on some forjm was complaining his wife hated this particular PEAK commercial where she gives a fake orgasm sound or something. I don't see it in this clip, but the "When you PEAK, you win" has some cheesy sexual overtones that again are laughable and embarrassing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGAihpmUVYE

37 posted on 04/20/2008 11:41:17 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Westlander
Image hosted by Photobucket.comor the ever popular african custom of slitting the skin open and then packing it with dirt so it festers and doesn't heal, and then keep doing it till it raises a nice 1/4" scar.
38 posted on 04/20/2008 12:03:46 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: I got the rope

Hey, She was young when she started, fewer races in the IRL than in NASCAR, and she is right on target for her first win. Congrats Danica! Get’em at Indy!


39 posted on 04/20/2008 12:23:51 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: wardaddy; Melas

>>>discretion is the better part of valor with chick ink....

Beware the chick with ruler markings inked on her inner thigh to make sure the boys measure up.... :)


40 posted on 04/20/2008 12:28:33 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Obama: Karl Marx's second choice, right after Hillary.)
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To: nascarnation
"It's half an American flag/Checkered flag..."

So is it a "stop" or "go" flag?? Very confusing.

Just because I am curious, does anyone know if the young lady has any male suitors? The answer should quiet those naysayers who say she is "driving on the wrong side of the road".... as it were...

41 posted on 04/20/2008 12:45:56 PM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animal is whatever is on my plate at that time)
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To: Melas

agreed. nice targets on occasion. fire one....fire two, etc.


42 posted on 04/20/2008 12:49:30 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: China Clipper

She’s been married for about three years now.


43 posted on 04/20/2008 1:03:11 PM PDT by rabidralph (Hillary is the MSM's Bimbo Eruption.)
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To: Melas

Agreed: never thought they were so bad, butt, are they real on her or spray on?


44 posted on 04/20/2008 5:18:12 PM PDT by Nick Thimmesch
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To: nascarnation

The flag code doesn’t make anything illegal. It’s codified decorum.


45 posted on 04/20/2008 5:38:28 PM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Unless you know she’s going to be really impressed when she looks at her ruler.


46 posted on 04/20/2008 5:40:05 PM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: China Clipper

She’s married.


47 posted on 04/20/2008 5:40:34 PM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Melas

Yeah her husband is a physical therapist.
Officially her name is Danica Sue Patrick Hospenthal.


48 posted on 04/20/2008 5:48:58 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: bamahead

I like that pic. She looks nice without looking like a tramp. Plus, it shows how toned her arms are.


49 posted on 04/20/2008 7:04:50 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: Dog Gone
Did she?


50 posted on 04/21/2008 1:31:37 AM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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