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Sports - Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history

There are 15 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Apr 20, 2008, titled Sports - Danica Patrick makes IndyCar history. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer MOTEGI, Japan - Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the ...

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bob from canton

United States

#1 Apr 21, 2008
Yes, she won, but I credit the team that calculated the gas mileage for her more than some super skill set the media thinks she has. I have watched many of those 50 races, so I have seen what she is supposed to be able to be on a track.
Jimmy

Jefferson, GA

#2 Apr 21, 2008
I just do not understand why NASCAR is so popular but I understand that fuel management is crucial to winning a race.

Her team did a good job figuring that out and she did a good job driving the car.

I wish her well and hope that Michael Andretti is correct that there will be more wins.

I wonder if driving a race care isn't a lot like riding a horse. Jockeys are small because they weigh less. Most women weigh less than men. Could it be, in a competition where weight is important, that there will someday be a lot of women driving race cars because of their weight advantage?

Perhaps is isn't a "guy" thing at all.
N Teal

United States

#3 Apr 21, 2008
Whoo Hoo, Danica finally wins. What a relief, a woman has beaten the men!! What, you say the entire field ran out of gas? Well how else was she going to win? You go girl!!
PeachyKing

Atlanta, GA

#4 Apr 21, 2008
You go Girl!
Deadman

Simpsonville, SC

#5 Apr 21, 2008
As a racer myself I credit his team and Danica. I saw her at the Miami Grand Prix back Sept 03. She was racing with the Mazda Series and she did great. She is an awesome driver and deserves the credit.

Like many women drivers I have met at SCCA Club Racing this sports is not only for men. Women can do it and Danica prove it. She almost did it at Indy 500. But she was running low on gas and could not run her car with very rich gas mixture.

Congratulations to you Danica and her team!

We will like to see more wins and stay in the top 5 of every race and you have a chance for the championship.
beachbum129

Dalton, GA

#6 Apr 21, 2008
bob from canton wrote:
Yes, she won, but I credit the team that calculated the gas mileage for her more than some super skill set the media thinks she has. I have watched many of those 50 races, so I have seen what she is supposed to be able to be on a track.
Bob ... Bob .. Bob ...give the woman a break. She has every bit as good a skill set as any man in indy car racing today. And, unlike a few women who came before her, she also has the respect of drivers and owners. You only get that if you can prove you got what it takes and she does.
John

Duluth, GA

#7 Apr 21, 2008
bob from canton wrote:
Yes, she won, but I credit the team that calculated the gas mileage for her more than some super skill set the media thinks she has. I have watched many of those 50 races, so I have seen what she is supposed to be able to be on a track.
Gas mileage and weight do make a difference, a lighter car will go faster, stop faster and get better mileage. It also depends on the course, in an oval the advantage is not as great as it is with a street course which involves more acceleration and braking. I think we will see more weight rules because of it.

Was there enought of a difference for it to be a real factor in this race, I don't know. Just one more reason to include the weight of the driver when weighing the car.

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Peavine

#8 Apr 21, 2008
She can drive me anywhere she wants...
Deadman

Simpsonville, SC

#9 Apr 21, 2008
John wrote:
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Gas mileage and weight do make a difference, a lighter car will go faster, stop faster and get better mileage. It also depends on the course, in an oval the advantage is not as great as it is with a street course which involves more acceleration and braking. I think we will see more weight rules because of it.
Was there enought of a difference for it to be a real factor in this race, I don't know. Just one more reason to include the weight of the driver when weighing the car.
The weight of the driver DOES make a difference in the car gas mileage etc. However the car does not and can not drive by it self. It needs a driver with skill.

Helio Castroneves made the weight comment way back when she started. She weights 100 pounds vs average weight for a male driver in the IRL is 160 pounds. Now, all drivers regardless of weight, gender etc have to endure several hours in the car driving at speeds of 170+ mph. All drivers have to pull G's etc. All drivers have to keep their level of concentration sharp.

She passed Helio clean and fair and Helio could not catch her. Believe me for those racers once they are in the car with a helmet gender does not matter at all.

So.... at the end is the best driver with the best team with the best race strategy that wins the race.

And Sunday Danica and her team proved it.

Way to go Danica!
Skeeter

Australia

#10 Apr 24, 2008
This race should never be about calculating fuel mileage. This race should only be about skill and skill alone. Unfortunately for Danica, if this race was about skill she would loose every time. Time to change the goofy rules that give the upper hand to somebody running last but with a few extra drops of fuel left in their tank.

Ski

“Is It Friday Yet?????”

Since: May 07

Smalltown New York

#11 Apr 24, 2008
Okay folks...as of this year driver weight has no bearing. The minimum car weight INCLUDES the driver. A lighter driver means the car will have ballast added to it.
Most races include fuel stradegy...the better the fuel milage, the less time the driver spends in the pits. If everyone does their job correctly, there should be very little fuel remaining in a fuel cell at the end of any given race. The engineers do the calculations but the driver still has to manage the accelerator. It is a TEAM effort.
lynn

Kennesaw, GA

#12 Apr 24, 2008
Surprisingly I was glad to see her win. I'm not usually a fan of hers because I think she whines alot.
Sue

Atlanta, GA

#13 Apr 24, 2008
Skeeter wrote:
This race should never be about calculating fuel mileage. This race should only be about skill and skill alone. Unfortunately for Danica, if this race was about skill she would loose every time. Time to change the goofy rules that give the upper hand to somebody running last but with a few extra drops of fuel left in their tank.
You're just jealous that a woman won..come on admit it!!
Excitable boy

AOL

#14 May 23, 2008
Danica claims she just recently learned she had 2.5 gallons of gas left in her racer at the end of the 2005 Indy 500. Sounds like she's suggesting some sort of conspiracy...why would her team mistakenly advise her to back off the rich mixture on her car in the last few laps when she lost 3 spots and ended up fourth?
Richard

Atlanta, GA

#15 May 23, 2008
Why does it matter if a woman won? It's the car that wins. I'd say in the world of auto racing that women and men are even. It doesn't matter if your stronger or bigger or have bigger hands. just a matter of stamina, which i believe men and women are neck and neck in.
Don't get me wrong I'm glad she won her first race, i just don't agree with the hoopla about her being a woman and winning.

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