After suffering through another facepalm-worthy quote (this time from Richard Petty) about Danica Patrick only getting attention because she's a woman, it seemed like a good time to go over the most successful women drivers in auto racing history.

I would be happy to point out that Richard Petty, King that he is, has never won any race in a Formula One car. Desiré Wilson, on the other hand, won the Evening News Trophy at Brands Hatch in 1980. It wasn't an F1 race, but it was open to F1 cars and she did win fair and square.


I'd be surprised if Desiré Wilson was the most successful woman driver in auto racing history, and I'm sure you can think of a woman with an even more impressive record than hers.

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