MOTEGI, Japan - Danica Patrick became the first female winner in
IndyCar history Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were
forced to pit for fuel in the final laps.
Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves
on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five
laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later.
This is a good thing for the newly reunited open wheel series.
Now Patrick has exactly as many Indy Car victories as Guido Dacco. The bar has been raised.