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Danica Patrick Height 5' 2" Born March 25 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
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Danica Patrick: Danica Patrick is the
Rookie sensation of the Indy Racing League, driving for Rahal-Letterman racing,
which is co-owned by racing legend Bobby Rahal, and "Late Show with David
Letterman" (1993)'s David Letterman. Born in Wisconsin, she currently resides in
Arizona with her miniature schnauzer "Billy" and her husband, physical therapist
Paul Hospenthal. When she isn't racing around the track at speeds up to 229 mph,
she enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
Paul Hospenthal (19 November 2005 - present)
She has a younger sister, Brooke.
She grew up in Roscoe, Illinois and attended Hononegah Community High School.
At the 2000 Formula Ford Festival in England, she finished in second place, the best result any American driver ever earned in the race.
In 2005 became the fourth woman (following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher) to drive in the Indianapolis 500 auto race. She finished in 4th place, the best ever result for a female driver.
May 29, 2005 - First female ever to lead in the Indy 500
At 16, went to England to learn how to race.
2005 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year.
Witnessed the crash between Paul Dana and Ed Carpenter at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida which had resulted in Paul Dana's death. (March 26, 2006)
Got hooked on racing when her sister, Brooke, took up go-carts (Brooke lost interest, Danica didn't).
Was named one of the 100 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2006.
Named #42 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Ranked #69 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Voted INDY Series "Most Popular Driver" for 2007. This was her third consecutive award.
Contacted by several NASCAR teams in 2006 and 2007 but declined their offers and elected to sign with Andretti Green Racing and race INDY cars.
Danica Patrick enjoyed her best season yet in the Motorola AGR No.7 during the 2007 INDY Car Series when she at one point led the Indianapolis 500 and three other races, finished 3rd at Texas and Nashville, and finished 2nd at Detroit.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year to be $5 million.
I'm a race car driver, and I'm a very competitive one.
Everybody loves to cheer for the under dog, and I definitely am, I'm a rookie.
"I drive pretty fast even on the highway in my Lamborghini. I don't like to drive at enormous top speed, but I do like to drive a little bit faster than everyone else. So if everybody on the highway is doing 80, I'll do 82 or something, and if people are driving 60, I'll want to do 62. I think there's something in my blood, in my instincts, that makes me want to overtake." (Newsweek, Sept. 25, 2006)
It's difficult to lose a guy like Dario, not only because he's a great driver but because he's a good friend, too. We're going to miss him. But the series made great strides over the past couple of years and this year in particular. I was asked in Detroit why I wasn't the big story after my best finish, and that's awesome. It's about having many story lines, and I think the league is developing that.
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