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Is Danica Patrick Your Favorite Female Indy 500 Driver?

Sports 2011/05/26 17:30:37
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Female drivers in the Indy 500 sure have come a long way -- and that includes Danica Patrick.

It all started with another female driver, though.

When Janet Guthrie became the first female driver to compete in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, she opened the door for future female drivers.

Nowadays, the fan favorite seems to be Patrick, who started competing during her rookie season in 2005. But she's definitely got some friendly female competition this year.

Out of the 33 cars competing in the Indy 500, four of them will belong to women. Aside from Patrick, there will also be Simona de Silvestro from Switzerland, Ana Beatriz from Brazil and Pippa Mann from England.

Is Danica Patrick your favorite female behind the wheel?

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  • TombstoneJim 2011/05/26 18:39:50
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    TombstoneJim
    +4
    That would b my wife on the way to the mall - you think Danica's agressive in the straight away - whoa momma at Becky's Jeep in a draft pass.... :-)

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  • Tracey 2012/06/10 22:46:43
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    Tracey
    http://master.motorsport.com/...
    Really hot Rally America Tracey Gardiner, Tagrallysport
  • steve logan 2012/04/29 01:44:08
    Yes
    steve logan
    I met Danica in Napa Valley. I found her to be pleasure to talk to. She was very friendly and nice. Not what I expected after seeing her on race day.
  • Jay0Byrd 2011/05/31 13:16:07
    Yes
    Jay0Byrd
    Good Race driver, not the best by any means but she should drop the lesbian ads for GoDaddy.com it sort of be`littles Her and the Company...
  • Olivia27 2011/05/30 09:36:12
    Yes
    Olivia27
    She's awesome and badass in general!
  • 222. 2011/05/27 22:20:01
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    222.
    Women are worthless.
  • Fred 2011/05/27 17:59:19 (edited)
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    Fred
    Danica Patrick Fo-pahd, ANY and all questions about Racing when she opted to Purposely put herself in a position to Lose the Indy 500, by choosing to "make History" by leading a lap... Shes a mouth piece that shoots her mouth off at men and shoves them because they cant Shove Her back.. Many would be fined or on put on probation, not her.. My pick is, Ana Beatriz, from Brazil, she has a lot of Talent, as well as Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland... Why limit this to Indy?? There are Plenty of more accomplished female drivers, why not compare them all...???

    Such as Ashley Force has won races in superior Equipment and has proven she has what it takes to WIN... We forget about the Shirley Muldowney's, Sarah Fishers, or How About Angelle Savoie/Sampy?? She actually won a few Championships.. My current hat is off to Jennifer Jo Cobb for refusing to start and park, and the fact she Personally sponsors the car she drives, and the fact "she has an obligation to race for her fans and Sponsors"... Just because Danica takes her clothes off and is in the public spectactle, has no bearing as to how good of a driver she is. Ok in Indy and Mediocre at best in the secondary series of Nascar... She will never win a championship, as many others have already done before her, Go ANA!!
    Danica Patrick Fo-pahd, ANY and all questions about Racing when she opted to Purposely put herself in a position to Lose the Indy 500, by choosing to "make History" by leading a lap... Shes a mouth piece that shoots her mouth off at men and shoves them because they cant Shove Her back.. Many would be fined or on put on probation, not her.. My pick is, Ana Beatriz, from Brazil, she has a lot of Talent, as well as Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland... Why limit this to Indy?? There are Plenty of more accomplished female drivers, why not compare them all...???

    Such as Ashley Force has won races in superior Equipment and has proven she has what it takes to WIN... We forget about the Shirley Muldowney's, Sarah Fishers, or How About Angelle Savoie/Sampy?? She actually won a few Championships.. My current hat is off to Jennifer Jo Cobb for refusing to start and park, and the fact she Personally sponsors the car she drives, and the fact "she has an obligation to race for her fans and Sponsors"... Just because Danica takes her clothes off and is in the public spectactle, has no bearing as to how good of a driver she is. Ok in Indy and Mediocre at best in the secondary series of Nascar... She will never win a championship, as many others have already done before her, Go ANA!! bearing driver indy mediocre secondary series nascar win championship Angelle Savoie bearing driver indy mediocre secondary series nascar win championship Shirley Muldowney bearing driver indy mediocre secondary series nascar win championship Jennifer jo cobb driver indy mediocre secondary series nascar win championship ana  Simona de Silvestro driver indy mediocre secondary series nascar win championship ana  Ana Beatriz racing
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  • Arty 2011/05/27 17:27:46
    Yes
    Arty
    She is great and a path maker
  • PeeDonkeyPit 2011/05/27 17:26:04
    Yes
    PeeDonkeyPit
    Yes, definitely - few can drive so well, yet look so mightyfine!
  • Hotcho 2011/05/27 16:00:36
    Yes
    Hotcho
    and the hottest..GO DADDY
  • jacktown kid 2011/05/27 15:43:00
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    She can drive Danica Patrick
  • jacktown kid 2011/05/27 15:42:56
    jacktown kid
    She can drive Danica Patrick
  • T 2011/05/27 15:01:48
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    T
    +1
    That honor would have to go to my high school girlfriend, boy could he drive.
  • T T 2011/05/27 15:02:17
    T
    +1
    boy could she I meant....
  • Racefish 2011/05/27 14:28:43
    Yes
    Racefish
    +1
    On ovals. Road courses, not so much.
  • Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA 2011/05/27 12:56:21 (edited)
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Certainly Danica is the most famous of the 'open wheel' Indy drivers (that only turn left). But that's only as far as "Indy 500" drivers go. But this ol' lady's all time favorite FEMALE DRIVER OVERALL, it has to be none other than World Rally Championship Driver Michèle Mouton...

    Remember... The difference between Indy Racing and World Rally Championship Racing is...

    An Indy Driver sees the SAME CORNER hundreds of times...

    A Rally Driver sees HUNDREDS OF CORNERS only ONE time!

    So who has to be the better driver?

    Again from Wiki: Michèle Mouton (born 23 June 1951 in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes) is a former French rally driver. She is the most successful and well-known female rally driver of all time, as well as arguably the most successful female in motor racing as a whole.[1]

    She was the first (and so far the only) woman to win a round of the World Rally Championship, the Rallye Sanremo in 1981. She went on to finish a close second overall in the 1982 WRC after wins in Portugal, Brazil and Acropolis, with only the unreliability of the Audi Quattro that she was driving ultimately enabling Opel rival Walter Röhrl to snatch the title.

    In 1984, she was the first woman to win the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb race in the United States. She won again in 1985, breaki...





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    Certainly Danica is the most famous of the 'open wheel' Indy drivers (that only turn left). But that's only as far as "Indy 500" drivers go. But this ol' lady's all time favorite FEMALE DRIVER OVERALL, it has to be none other than World Rally Championship Driver Michèle Mouton...

    Remember... The difference between Indy Racing and World Rally Championship Racing is...

    An Indy Driver sees the SAME CORNER hundreds of times...

    A Rally Driver sees HUNDREDS OF CORNERS only ONE time!

    So who has to be the better driver?

    Again from Wiki: Michèle Mouton (born 23 June 1951 in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes) is a former French rally driver. She is the most successful and well-known female rally driver of all time, as well as arguably the most successful female in motor racing as a whole.[1]

    She was the first (and so far the only) woman to win a round of the World Rally Championship, the Rallye Sanremo in 1981. She went on to finish a close second overall in the 1982 WRC after wins in Portugal, Brazil and Acropolis, with only the unreliability of the Audi Quattro that she was driving ultimately enabling Opel rival Walter Röhrl to snatch the title.

    In 1984, she was the first woman to win the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb race in the United States. She won again in 1985, breaking the record of the race. Mouton effectively quit rallying after the Group B category was banned in late 1986, both unwilling to take part in a new, slower championship under Group A rules, and eager to start a family. However, she was to be a key figure in the organization of the rallying Race of Champions in 1988, in memory of Henri Toivonen.

    She also has taken part in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, in an all-female team.

    In 2000, she finished 2nd driving a Porsche 911 in the London-Sydney Marathon with co-driver 1993 winner Francis Tuthill, behind ex-teammate Stig Blomqvist.

    In 2010, she became the first President of FIA's Women & Motor Sport Commission.[2] In November 2010 she was demonstrating her Quattro at the Race of Champions in Düsseldorf's Esprit Arena when she clipped a curb and rolled the car onto its roof. Both Mouton and her passenger escaped uninjured.

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  • ilegworldchamp 2011/05/27 12:52:24
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    ilegworldchamp
    +2
    Ashly Force "WINS RACES" , Danica talks about excuses on how to loose !
  • onebad 2011/05/27 09:27:01
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/05/27 05:13:56
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    GUESS SO.......
  • Irish little 2011/05/27 04:43:46
    Yes
    Irish little
    She was one of 3 (three) gals that drove the Indy 500 . I think she has been an insperation for other gals to get involved. she is also spokesperson for C O P D.
  • Fred Irish l... 2011/05/27 19:30:59
    Fred
    +3
    What about Janet Guthrie??? Sarah Fisher??? and many others, a sex symbol maybe but not "THE" inspiration, Thats like saying Ana Kornakova, inspired woman to play Tennis??
  • mountainman 2011/05/27 04:04:19
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    mountainman
    +2
    She is cute, but Ashley Force is drop dead gorgeous!
  • Mr Marvin 2011/05/27 03:52:26
    Yes
    Mr Marvin
    To say she is pretty fast would be an understatement. She is very fast and very pretty also.
  • Ferrari... Mr Marvin 2011/05/27 14:55:01
    Ferrari Bubba
    Hey Marvin: You cannot be serious! (Apologies to John McEnroe) Danica is a little sniveller, and that's all. She's not even the fastest female driver in the IRL. She's only in NASCAR because all those beer-swillin' Redneck Goobers want to see her pretty little azz in the wall. Where is Mike Wallace when you really need him. Remember what he did to Shana Ribinson? Danica should go back to Karts where she belongs.-- Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba
  • Hopscotch Mr Marvin 2011/05/27 16:29:52
    Hopscotch
    Aww come on Sonny--she's just a Media/Publicity Daring:

    Quite a coincidence that the only race she ever won (her big claim to fame) was because the guy that had just won a million dollars from that same network the previous week, mysteriously slowed down to let her pass and win? hummmm?

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  • Fred Mr Marvin 2011/05/27 19:18:00
    Fred
    +2
    Another person, that has only seen her in Sports Illustrated, or on a Go Daddy Commercial.. Therefore she must be the best... Overpromoted cry baby.. OH and to set the record straight... Indy cars are weighed withought the driver... So that gives her a weight break/advantage to those of larger structure... Most people dont know this and one of the many reasons she doesnt have a distinct advantage in NASCAR?? 30 or 40lbs is a big difference in an Indy car..
  • Markie 2011/05/27 03:51:08
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    Markie
    +2
    Just drive and win. Shut up about the rest
  • story101 2011/05/27 03:41:04
    Yes
    story101
    +1
    But supply photos of the others and I might change my mind. ;-)

    I remember the Janet Guthrie era. Danica and the others owe her a big thanks as just getting on the track was not easy.
  • Scott 2011/05/27 02:26:06
    Yes
    Scott
    Yes she is , been rooting for her ever since she started running Indy Cars .
  • Hopscotch Scott 2011/05/27 16:35:57 (edited)
    Hopscotch
    Once again: "She's just an over--hyped Media/Publicity Daring:

    Quite a coincidence that the only race she ever won (her big claim to fame) was because the guy that had just won a million dollars from that same network the previous week, mysteriously slowed down to let her pass and win? hummmm?"

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  • Scott Hopscotch 2011/05/27 17:45:17 (edited)
    Scott
    WOMAN is the key word here ." Favorite Female Driver " .
  • Hopscotch Scott 2011/05/27 17:59:49
    Hopscotch
    Where?
  • Scott Hopscotch 2011/05/27 18:43:06 (edited)
    Scott
    never mind
  • Hopscotch Scott 2011/05/27 18:54:17 (edited)
    Hopscotch
    You don't have cover up your errors with the use of profanity!
    You can always tell the quality of a person by their command of the English vocabulary, or lack there of. ;-^)>
  • Scott Hopscotch 2011/05/27 20:55:16
    Scott
    Somethings wrong with you , fool ! ; P
  • Hopscotch Scott 2011/05/27 18:59:14
  • Hopscotch Hopscotch 2011/05/27 23:16:38
    Hopscotch
    Sorry, I just commended before you changed it, kind sir. ;-^)>

    My bad!
  • the gray plumber 2011/05/27 01:24:52
    No (include photo of your fave here)
    the gray plumber
    the Saudi woman with the guts to stand up to the Muslim pinheads I wish her well.
  • Demosthenes 2011/05/27 01:11:47
    Yes
    Demosthenes
    Are there others.
  • Account Closed 2011/05/27 01:00:35
    Yes
    Account Closed
    +2
    Every time I see her, I can't keep my hands off my stick shift.

    hands stick shift danica patrick swimsuit
  • Hopscotch Account... 2011/05/27 01:12:57
    Hopscotch
    You are easily entertained. ;-^)> (I'm save'n mine for someone attractive)

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