Patrick becomes first ever female IndyCar victor

20 April 2008
Danica Patrick made history on Sunday by becoming the first ever female IndyCar winner, taking the Indy Japan 300 race in her 50th start in the series.The American covered 200 laps over the 1.52-mile (2.5-kilometre) Twin Ring Motegi oval in one hour 51 minutes 02.6739, beating Helio Castroneves of Brazil into second and Scott Dixon of New Zealand into third.

After three years on the circuit the glamorous brunette was relieved to chalk up a win at last. The 26-year-old said: "Finally. This is a long time coming.

"I've been asked so many times when I'm going to win my first race, and finally, no more of those questions.

"I had a lot of opportunities last year that were missed due to bad luck. I can only say I'm just glad it's over," she said.