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American auto racing driver, model and advertising spokeswoman.
She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an Indy Car Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish ever there by a woman. In 2012 she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Her pit crew promptly made repairs, and due to the subsequent yellow, Patrick was able to rejoin the field, losing only one position.
When the leaders pitted for fuel on lap 172, Patrick stayed out to take the lead.
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.
Patrick's fourth starting position, however, was the highest ever attained for the race by a female driver.For the 2013 season, Patrick drives the #10 Go Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, and a limited Nationwide Series schedule for Turner Motorsports.In 2013, she became the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990 in qualifying for the Daytona 500.In 2004 Patrick finished third in the Championship.On May 29, 2005, Patrick became the fourth woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500, following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. As of 2012, Patrick joins Guthrie as one of only two women to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.