History being made at the Indy 500...

Danica Patrick has become the first woman to ever lead a lap of the race and stands a pretty decent shot of winning the whole thing if a few things break the right way for her in the final laps. If she does win, NASCAR better watch out...

Never mind. Looks like she'll end up being nothing more than a footnote in racing history.

Is her car stalling her issue or a car issue?

EDIT: After looking at ESPN, she was leading for awhile and only got passed up with 6 laps to go. That is not too shabby. Maybe we will see more of her in future races. I think it was a positive and a good accomplishment for her.

Finishing fourth in your first Indy 500 is indeed an accomplishment to be proud of. Winning would have rocked, but she came a long way from embarassing herself. Way to go lady. Better luck next year.

Patrick seemed to have a good shot at winning the race when she passed Wheldon for the lead on a restart with 10 laps to go, but she couldn't stay in front as Rahal's gamble on fuel failed and she slowed as she began running out of gas.

Looks like she might had a better chance but they misestimated the gas...

Or she could have used up more than she she should have by making rookie-type mistakes. She even admitted that she did some dumb things out there. I'm a layman when it comes to racing, but it seems to me that she's got the right stuff.

I wouldn't throw her out of bed for eating crackers, either. Rowrr.

I wouldn't throw her out of bed for eating crackers, either. Rowrr.

You had to go and do that. This thread was all about women's empowerment and the struggle to become equal by casting off the dominance that males force upon them. *googles Danica Patrick* HUBBA HUBBA. I'd hit it until the wheels fall off.

lol

Seriously, I'm a hardcore left-wing pinko feminist. I love the fact that Ms. Patrick is busting a good 'ole boys game wide open. I laughed my ass off when that jerk had his tantrum crying that he wouldn't race against her because she was 100 lbs lights and that it constituted an unfair advantage. Good for her, I'm behind her 100%.

I'm just saying that given the opportunity, I'd get behind her 100%.

Oh I agree Sanj. Just saw an opportunity :D. She's damn good looking and from her rankings (I missed the race but she did poll 4th) she seems to be a damn good driver. Great for her, great for women, and just damn great for humanity.

Sanjuro wrote:

Seriously, I'm a hardcore left-wing pinko feminist. I love the fact that Ms. Patrick is busting a good 'ole boys game wide open. I laughed my ass off when that jerk had his tantrum crying that he wouldn't race against her because she was 100 lbs lights and that it constituted an unfair advantage. Good for her, I'm behind her 100%.

I'm just saying that given the opportunity, I'd get behind her 100%.

Anybody ever watch the Power Block on Sundays?

Fletcher1138 wrote:

Finishing fourth in your first Indy 500 is indeed an accomplishment to be proud of. Winning would have rocked, but she came a long way from embarassing herself. Way to go lady. Better luck next year.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that it'll be forgotten before too long. The IRL threw their full weight into promoting her over the past couple of weeks and didn't get the win out of her, something that they needed if they hoped to bring themselves back into prominence. The Indy 500 is, unfortunately, a minor event in racing these days, eclipsed in the US by NASCAR and globally by the F1 circuit. Like I said, today will only be a footnote. I'm willing to bet that the US ratings for the Coca-Cola 600 will by much higher than Indy, like it has been for some time.

Wow. Way to look on the bright side, Rat.

Unfortunately, Fletch, when you're talking about the IRL and the Indianapolis 500, there isn't much of a bright side. Ten or fifteen years ago, the Indy 500 was THE motorsports event in the United States, while the Daytona 500 was just some "hick race" down in Florida. Let's face it, the Indy 500 is just a pale shadow of its former glory (thanks mostly to the split with the FedEx CART series), something that most people pay zero attention to unless something out of the ordinary happens, but is quickly swept aside by the ever-growing beast that is NASCAR. While Danica's achievement is historic for women in racing, it won't be as monumental as if she had won, or had done it on the Nextel Cup circuit or F1.

And before you ask, I think a woman competing the way Danica did in the IRL, but in either of the two more popular and more noteworthy racing circuits is a long way off. Neither circuit have been as inclusive with women as both the IRL and CART circuits have.

There's more than one female racing the in the Busch series. It's only a matter of time before one of them steps up and is a significant factor in the Nextel series.