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2008: Danica Patrick: The First Woman to Win an Auto Racing Competition

2008: Danica Patrick: The First Woman to Win an Auto Racing Competition
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  • Historical event:
  • 20 April 2008
  • Danica Patrick won the IndyCar competition in Japan on this day. The team she was driving for was owned by Michael Andretti, son of the famous Mario Andretti.

On this day, for the first time in history, a woman won an important racing competition. She was Danica Patrick, who won the IndyCar competition in Japan. The team she was driving for was owned by Michael Andretti, son of the famous Mario Andretti.

Danica Patrick also works as a model and Victoria’s Secret named her the sexiest female athlete at one time.

Racing cars were always reserved primarily for male drivers, although in principle there is no provision that would prevent women from competing in them. It is interesting that five women have so far driven at Formula 1.

The first was Maria Teresa de Filippis back in 1958. The last to drive Formula 1 was Giovanna Amati, who drove for the Brabham team in 1992. There have been no woman drivers in Formula 1 during the last twenty years.

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