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Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is an American auto racing driver competing in the Indy Racing League. She was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, and was raised in Roscoe, Illinois. She was named Rookie of The Year in the 2005 IRL Championship. In May 2006 , she published her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line.
Early racing career
Patrick began karting in 1992 , and went on to win several national championships in karting. She moved to England at the age of 16 in order to advance her racing career; rather than finishing high school, she earned a GED. Focusing primarily on road racing, Patrick raced in several developmental open-wheel series while in Europe, including Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall. Her biggest achievement was finishing second in England's super-competitive Formula Ford Festival, the highest-ever finish by either a woman or an American in the event.
In 2002, Patrick signed a multi-year deal to race for the team of Bobby Rahal. After making several starts in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, she moved to the Toyota Atlantic Championship for 2003. Driving for the highly regarded Rahal Letterman team with sponsorship from Argent, Patrick achieved moderate success in the Toyota Atlantic series. She won one pole and was a consistent finisher on the podium (top three); however, she never won a race. In 2004, Patrick finished third in the Championship.
After the 2004 racing season, following much speculation as to where Patrick would race in 2005, Rahal Letterman Racing officially announced that Patrick would drive in the IRL IndyCar Series for 2005.
On May 29, 2005, Patrick became only the fourth woman to race in the Indianapolis 500, following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, and Sarah Fisher. After posting the fastest practice speed of the month (229.880 mph / 369.956 km/h) during the morning practice session for the first day of qualifications (May 15), she made an error in the first turn of her first qualifying lap, and failed to capture the pole position, which instead went to Tony Kanaan; Patrick's fourth starting position, however, was still the highest ever attained for the race by a female driver.
Patrick became the first female driver to lead the race at Indianapolis, first when acquiring it for a lap near the 125 mile mark while cycling through pit stops, and late in the race when she stayed out one lap longer than her rivals during a set of green-flag pit stops. Patrick overcame two crucial blunders to finish fourth in the race, the same position in which she started. Her car stalled in the pits about halfway through the 500-mile race, dropping her to the middle of the field. Shortly after reclaiming a spot in the top 10, Patrick spun on a caution period just before an intended green flag, causing a four car accident. The accident caused damage to the nose and front wing of her car. Her pit crew promptly made repairs, and due to the subsequent yellow, was able to rejoin having lost only 1 place. When the leaders pitted for fuel on lap 172, Danica took the lead once more, lost it on lap 184, and then regained it on a restart with 11 laps to go. However, as she had not pitted for fuel, Danica needed one more long yellow in order to reach the finish without having to refuel. On lap 194, eventual race winner and 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon passed her as she was forced to slow in order to conserve fuel, and she was quickly passed by both Bryan Herta and her teammate Vitor Meira. Patrick's fourth place was the highest ever finish for a female driver, besting the previous record of ninth set by Janet Guthrie in 1978. Patrick led 19 laps overall.
In 2005 she finished 12th in the IRL IndyCar Series Championship, with 325 points.
On July 2, 2005, Patrick won her first pole position, leading a 1,2,3 sweep by Rahal Letterman Racing at Kansas Speedway. She became the second woman to accomplish this feat in the IRL IndyCar Series, the first being Sarah Fisher in 2002 at Kentucky Speedway. On August 13, 2005, she won her second pole at Kentucky Speedway, although this time, rain prematurely ended qualifying and position was determined by speeds achieved during practice.
In January 2006, Patrick competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona along with co-driver Rusty Wallace. The 24 hour event was her longest race to date.
She is competing in the 2006 IRL IndyCar Series giving her another chance at qualifying and racing in the Indianapolis 500. In the first race of the season, the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway, Patrick qualified in third behind the Penske Racing teammates of Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. However, tragedy struck in the final practice sessions for the race as Rahal Letterman Racing teammate Paul Dana was killed in a crash the morning of the race.
Patrick and fellow Rahal Letterman driver Buddy Rice withdrew from the race immediately. The two resumed their 2006 IRL campaign with the second race of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida. Patrick finished 6th in St. Petersburg and 8th in Japan. At Indy she took eighth place after starting tenth. After Indy she finished 8th at Watkins Glen. However the following week Rahal Letterman racing switched to Dallara Chassis and have strugled to grasp a hold of them. Patrick has struggled to remain competitive, but her 4th place finishes at Nashville and Milwaukee tied her career best IRL finishes, and helped her move to 9th in the season point standings. The following week at Michigan though her car died with three laps to go and she finished 17th.
Patrick has yet to match Sarah Fisher's best finishes of second and third in Indy-style racing. Patrick's best finish is 4th which she has done four times in her career. However, Patrick finished 12th in points in her rookie year with the IRL, while Fisher never finished better than 18th.
It has been reported that Danica Patrick might defect from the IRL to NASCAR starting in 2007. Her father, T.J. Patrick, has managed her career since childhood and is currently talking to some NASCAR teams, as well as other IRL teams. Her current contract expires at the end of the 2006 season with Rahal Letterman Racing and Bobby Rahal recently stated he expects Patrick to return to the team. NASCAR is significantly more popular than IRL in the United States, so the increased exposure and accompanying endorsement opportunities for Danica are most likely a major consideration. Patrick's parents visited Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on July 9 as guests of Roush Racing and spoke to some NASCAR teams. Roush team president Geoff Smith comfirmed that the Patricks were guests of theirs but claimed not to have had any serious talks about Patrick joining the team. More recently, Patrick has stated publicly that she would want to win the Indy 500 as an IRL driver before considering a move to NASCAR, defusing some of the speculation of a move to NASCAR for the 2007 season. On July 25, 2006 Patrick announced she was leaving the Rahal-Letterman team and had signed a deal to drive for Andretti Green Racing in 2007.
Some racing journalists, IndyCar fans, and other drivers (such as Robby Gordon) have claimed that Patrick's relatively low body weight gives her an advantage in a competition where engine size and car weight are strictly regulated. The IRL president, Brian Barnhart, disagrees, telling Dave Caldwell for The New York Times that Patrick's weight "had a [...] minimal effect on the competition." Patrick's low body weight means that overall, her car has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any car on the track. Competing teams have estimated this advantage at 1 mph. She has argued, in contrast, that if her car truly was 1 mph faster than the others, she would win every race. Critics have replied that her lack of success despite the power-to-weight ratio may be due to her driving skill (or comparative lack of it compared to the very top tier of drivers).
Gordon's reference was to Indy Racing League regulations where cars are weighed without driver. Some sanctioning bodies, such as NASCAR, have weight rules where cars are weighed without driver and with driver. IndyCar has given no indication that they will start considering the weight of the driver in their race specifications.
Other fans have claimed Patrick, as a rare female driver, has benefited from discrimination. They claim that most rookie drivers would have faced much tougher racing competition and would have had more difficulty in finding a ride with a top racing team than Patrick did. American drivers in particular have struggled to reach Champ Car and IRL in recent years, with drivers such as Jon Fogarty, Townsend Bell and Jeff Simmons having struggled to earn rides despite strong performances in junior championships.
Patrick has also had to deal with sexist remarks from fellow racers, who feel that auto racing is a man's sport. In May of 2006, after an appearance on ESPN SportsCenter's Budweiser Hot Seat, Patrick made comments that ruffled the feathers of former NASCAR drivers. When asked if she would ever make the jump over to the NASCAR circuit, Patrick commented that, while she wouldn't make the jump, she hadn't even "gotten a phone call (from NASCAR representatives)." Former driver Richard Petty responded, in a separate interview, by stating, "I just don't think it's a sport for women, and so far, it's proved out. It's really not. It's good for them to come in. It gives us a lot of publicity, it gives them publicity. But as far as being a real true racer, making a living out of it, it's kind of tough."
When talk heated up of a possible future Patrick move to NASCAR in July 2006, fellow IRL driver Ed Carpenter said, "I think Danica's pretty aggressive in our cars. I mean, you know especially if you catch her at the right time of the month, she might be trading plenty of paint out there." He later said that he meant no disrespect, and that he felt she could hold her own on whatever circuit she was in. He also said it was unlikely she would jump to NASCAR.
Patrick also hosts several TV shows on Spike TV, including the "Powerblock". She was featured in the 2005 documentary "Girl Racers". After her participation in the 2005 Indianapolis 500, she was asked by Playboy to have her pictures taken to be published in a future edition of its magazine. She declined the offer, though she had previously posed for FHM, appearing in the April 2003 issue. On terms more related to her career, she has also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
She loves to roller blade and follows a variety of activities to work out. She combines running (3-5 miles) and weight training with what she calls "extreme yoga." Her 90-minute yoga sessions are conducted in a 100-degree room with a circuit of 26 poses which is repeated twice.
She appears in Secret deodorant commercials.
Danica's parents are T.J. and Bev Patrick. T.J. and Bev met on a blind date at a skimobile event when Bev was a mechanic for a friend's skimobile. T.J. raced skimobiles, motocross, and midget cars. They have owned a Java Hut and a plate glass company.
Currently, T.J. helps Danica by driving her motor coach, and managing her Web site and merchandise trailer. Bev handles the ins and outs of Danica's business needs.
Danica has a sister named Brooke.
Patrick is married to Paul Edward Hospenthal, who is sixteen years her senior. They were engaged Thanksgiving 2004, and married in a private ceremony on November 19, 2005 in Scottsdale, Arizona where they currently reside. The two met in 2002 when Patrick had to receive medical attention for a hip she injured doing her "extreme yoga" when she was 20 years old.
Hospenthal, a Tacoma, Washington native, was born in 1966. He is a physical therapist, certified strengthening and conditioning specialist, and personal trainer. Hospenthal has trained athletes in all major sports. He runs the Desert Institute of Physical Therapy in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hospenthal is a Contributing Writer for "GOLF MAGAZINE" and has been featured in "Sports Illustrated" magazine. He made a VHS video, "17 Pros & The Secrets To Golf Fitness".
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