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Danica Patrick First Woman To Win IndyCar Race, Proves She's Not Just A Piece Of Meat

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The checkered flag dropped today in Japan, and with it came the paternalistic stranglehold on professional motorsports as Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 — besting her previous highest finish of second place at the Detroit Grand Prix. The win, 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval occurring after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later, makes Patrick the first woman to ever win an IndyCar race. Finally, people will be forced to look at Danica Patrick...

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...as something other than a piece of meat. Well, she did do that Sports Illustrated photo shoot, so you can probably still look at her like a piece of meat — just now you'll also have to realize she's a piece of meat that's faster than you, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Tony Kanaan and your brother Sal. [via ESPN] Picture Credit: Sports Illustrated

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Rob Emslie

Just to pipe in; Danica Patrick is a better driver than I am, is better looking than I am, and has a much stronger competitive streak.

If I were single, twenty years younger, and wasn't a "worker drone from sector B", I wouldn't mind "trading paint" with her.

However, that aforementioned competitive streak would probably make for an interesting interaction, as I would imagine she would always want to be "out-front", or "in my draft".

Of course it does bring to mind a whole new meaning for the term "pit stop".

Regardless of her being a hot-chick, she seems to be a competitive and competent racer, so I'm glad to see a non-traditional participant in what is nominally a white-male dominated sport.

On a related, but not note; I was excited, years ago, to see Willy T Ribbs competing on the Indy Car circuit.

I think his anger management issues were the main cause of his failure to make a more significant impact on the sport, as I think we was a talented racer.