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Danica Patrick Indycar Winner

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Signorina 5 <star>

Great post. It's good to see a woman achieving in motorsport. I think it illustrates the point that women can drive cars competitively as well as men, although I accept that predominantly men will do better most of the time. It's a fact of life.

I think it's likely to be a long time before we see a female F1 driver, particularly as Mr Ecclescake has such a scathing view of where women belong.

Well done Danica <diva>

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posted Apr 20, 2008

<applause><rose>

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Signorina.... molta bene !!!! 5 <star>

About time!!!! And well done to you for making this your first article, I see !!!! Particularly in view of recent events her, a subject close to your heart, I suspect!!

I agree that Danica deserves the win... she has been working patiently up to this for a long time, and, UNLIKE some other areas within motor sport, she has the respect and approbation of her male colleagues in the US, and their media!!! A lesson for F1.

There have been ladies in motor sport in the UK that have historically had succes.. Pat moss-Carlsson in Rallying, for instance, and, of course Louise Aitken-Walker, who has had success behind the wheel.

The main stumbling block in F1 will be physical strength and endurance, rather than talent...having said that, Indycar is no cakewalk!!!

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comment by Mike H (U8907777)

posted Apr 20, 2008

Well done Danica, wonder when the same will be done in F1?

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comment by Mike H (U8907777)

posted Apr 20, 2008

BBC could have written a less demeaning headline however...

(why have the bloomin' send button so close to the preview one?)

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Well done to Danica. She's had to fight a lot of doubters within Indycar as well as the likes of Bernie putting his foot in it.

I've often wondered if Red Bull might take a chance on her, if she can start a winning habit then maybe she could replace DC.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

There wont be a female winner in F1 untill teh carting scene in europe changes - there are very few girls who participate in karting and thus there are far far fewer women making their way up the motorsport ladder than men and therefore the chances of finding female drivers with the talent to make it at the top are so small they may as well be non existant.

I dont know if its the same in the US but that doesnt really matter as so few US drivers come series out side the home ones.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Apart from adding to the congratulations to Danica, I think we should say well done to Signorina... she is quite new to the forum, and has had a hard time breaking in... I note the Beeb have linked this article to their Danica article !!! Well done, ST !!

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comment by Arkimsa (U3871417)

posted Apr 20, 2008

She might warry of F1....Max the eccentric!!!..<biggrin>

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posted Apr 20, 2008

congratulations to miss partricia! did she not test minardi a few years ago? hopefully she is to join f1 soon.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

bravo and lets hope its the first of many, hopefully within my own lifetime we will see a female WDC, I dont see any reason why not to be honest apart sexism within the sport, but hats off to Danica tremendous achievement and if she is good enough to win this then why wouldn't she be able to repeat this success in F1 if given the opportunity, and thats all it is.. opportunity, equal opportunity.. WTG Danica

5 <star> <ok>

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posted Apr 20, 2008

comment by grandepiquet83 (U11244340)
posted 2 Minutes Ago

congratulations to miss partricia! did she not test minardi a few years ago? hopefully she is to join f1 soon.
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Not likely im afraid, nearly all new F1 drivers come from GP2 or the teams individual driver development programs. F1 teams have been burnt by trying talent from the amrican series before and now seem wary of going there for drvier talent.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

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posted Apr 20, 2008

"Not likely im afraid, nearly all new F1 drivers come from GP2 or the teams individual driver development programs. F1 teams have been burnt by trying talent from the amrican series before and now seem wary of going there for drvier talent."

this is true, however jack vilenerve and john pedro the monster came to f1 from indycar series and enjoyed success.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

@ madMancHatter.." F1 teams have been burnt by trying talent from the amrican series before and now seem wary of going there for drvier talent"

Isn't it strange that the drivers can go East to West and be successful, but rarely the other way?. Anyone offer reasons????

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posted Apr 20, 2008

"john pedro the monster"

Funniest one yet! <laugh>

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posted Apr 20, 2008

There are more spots in the american series, so its more likely that a driver going to america from F1 can get a decent seat.
To win in F1 you need a top top seat, and to get that you either have to be a young rising star (hamilton, kubica) or to have proven yourself by out performing lower cars in F1 (alonso, kimi).

A succesful driver coming from america is unlikely to want to spend a few years in a small tem due to their status, but a top team is unlikely to give them a ride if they havent proved themselves in an F1 environment.

So i think partly there isnt the incentive for american drivers to switch to F1, and partly the teams are put off by memories of drivers like alex zinardi.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Picking up on GP 83's comment about Danica's testing... bearing in mind much of testing is done over race distances, is this not an indication that she HAS the mental and physical stamina?? And, with no TC now, and drivers having to do more in the cockpit, surely a female's ability to multi-task would be an asset ?? ;)

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comment by AndyRAC (U7186829)

posted Apr 20, 2008

Wouldn't go overboard, remember last week on a street circuit, which was damp? She was all at sea, she is okay on ovals, but on street and road courses, mmm, not sure.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

there are not many amaericans that are good at street circuits, fantatsic job Danica, she more than deserves her first win, plus having the massive amount of pressure on her, congratulating on her team mates too, great job.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Many congratulations to Danica Patrick.<bubbly>

Here's hoping Danica's success is going to open the way for more female drivers.

With regard to the F1 thingy, As pointed out above one of the problems is number of girls getting involved in karting at a younger age, so ladies and gents perhaps you should be taking your daughter's karting.

The other big problem that has been repeatedly mentioned for a woman securing a drive is them attracting sponsorship. Hopefully Danica's success will start to change those attitudes.

Another female driver to look out for is Australian Formula Three driver Leanne Tander http://www.leannetander.com/

see also "Three Female Drivers Set To Race For The First Time In The History Of Formula 3 In Australia"http://femaleracingnews.com/2007/12/04/three-female-drivers-set-to-race-for-the-first-time-in-the-history-of-formula-3-in-australia/

Maybe Webbers eventual replacement at Red Bull could be a fellow Australian?

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posted Apr 20, 2008

If anyone who'd like to send congrats to Danica can do so via the official site: http://www.indycar.com/index2.php and/or see a vid of her crossing the finishing line to the evident delight of the very excited Japanese commentator at: http://www.indy500.com/video/index.php?watch=960

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Well done to Danica, drove a steady and clever race, deserved the win. She can now enjoy racing without all the pressure of winning the first one. Top job in Motegi.

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comment by saltire (U9682423)

posted Apr 20, 2008

Fantastic news <magic> ...lets hope it's the first of many for Danica <star>.

Thanks for the link to the video auto... I've never watched any indycar before and so was surprised at just how similar the car looked like an F1 car.

Since it's doubtful that Danica will make a move to F1 very soon, or at all? it would be really interesting to see an F1 driver in a similar indycar, racing against her ... wonder what the relative timings would be. We could get a handle on just how good this lady's achievement is.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Oh here we go, the post-race press conference with Danica, Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon. http://www.indycar.com/news/?story_id=11049
(An American, female, driver who can win? Bernie must be looking on mad with jealousy)

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Congratulations to Danica, and a great first article. Not sure about Bernie looking on mad with jealousy though - didn't he suggest to her that "she should wear white like the rest of the kitchen appliances"?

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Big money Maverick.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Well you would think so but Bernie was surprisingly off the ball with regards to the potential when he made that insult - wouldn't blame her at all for not wanting to be in F1.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Yep, very, very well done Ms Patrick! Very refreshing news.

(Methinks abbreviating your first name to "Dan" might further ones chances of getting offers from "over the water"... given the intrinsic sexism of F1.)

Big 'gratz D.P.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Was a bit silly, bearing in mind Slavica could probably swot him flat with minimum effort (and from a great height).

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posted Apr 20, 2008

auto, dont forget the daughters,as well... he is a minority in every sense of the word!!!

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Women should only be allowed to drive cars on the grocery, and schools runs plus ferrying the old man home from the run a dub dub when he is drunk

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posted Apr 20, 2008

On a more serious note, what does she weight 9 stone so if all the men are 14 stone plus is she not at an advantage by being lighter in weight.

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comment by saltire (U9682423)

posted Apr 20, 2008

Dipstick alert!!!

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comment by Castor (U3112758)

posted Apr 20, 2008

Well done indeed Danica. Very cool stuff indeed.

AU - thank you. I now can't get the repeated image of Slavica repeatedly swotting Bernie out of my mind for some reason.....

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posted Apr 20, 2008

On a more serious note, what does she weight 9 stone so if all the men are 14 stone plus is she not at an advantage by being lighter in weight.
IF THIS WAS HORSE RACING WE WOULD HAVE HAD A STEWARDS INQUIRY.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Welsh - but it isn't horse racing.

(Stop making yourself a candidate for a "dope" test) ;)

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comment by saltire (U9682423)

posted Apr 20, 2008

What about the likes of Massa ... he must be very light. Most of the drivers are around the 60-70 kg mark so she's not that much lighter.

Sorry about the dipstick comment I thought you were serious in your first post

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Welsh - please read this:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/66167

... and then report back.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

I really hope she moves to Formula 1 soon - not only is she a talented driver, and a possible big money rival for Hamilton, Raikkonen and Alonso, but she's also very very sexy.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Erm, <cough> yes, Steve...

...the car's not bad looking either!

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posted Apr 20, 2008

it's a good thing definitely!!!

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posted Apr 20, 2008

I now can't get the repeated image of Slavica repeatedly swotting Bernie out of my mind for some reason..>>

<laugh>
But bear in mind some people might think you like that kind of thing if you do Castor, ahem!

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Well done Largeflowered...in Indycar the car plus the driver make up the minimum weight. Danica plus car weighs the same as everyone else in the race.

Very many congratulations to her...have suspected this was on the cards - she had a very good second place last year and I thought could well have won that one.

What you also have to remember is that Danica (and she has said this herself), being lighter, does have a disadvantage in terms of outright strength. This was a great performance - and a very big day in motorsport.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Does this make Danica Patrick the first woman to ever win a major championship motor race?

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Does this make Danica Patrick the first woman to win any major championship motor race?

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Talking of weight-loss... Kubica had to shed some to match his BMW this season, to the extent his trainer was afraid he could not have enough stamina to face the reality of racing.

Now, would/could this apply to Danica too? <yikes>

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posted Apr 20, 2008

She obviously had to finish early to go and pick up the kids from school.Well done that girl.

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Hi british fans ... re HWNMNBN and the weight issue, it's new for '08 but yes, the lighter drivers including Danica are now carrying extra weight, just like jockeys. And the heavier drivers can remove weight from their cars, to bring all drives to a mid-weight range.
And, yes, she is the first woman to win a major open wheel victory. Woohoo!!! Go Danica

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posted Apr 20, 2008

Kubica had to shed some to match his BMW>>

A few of them were counting the calories BB: Kubica, Rosberg, LH, guess some others too.

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