Danica Patrick's Top 12 Moments

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Leading the Indianapolis 500
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Leading the Indianapolis 500

May 2005

This is the race that began ''Danica Mania'' as she became the first female to lead the Indianapolis 500. Patrick had to pit out of sequence during the race, which enabled her to take the lead later on, sending the huge throng of spectators into a roar of approval. The soon-to-be Rookie of the Year held the lead until being passed by eventual winner Dan Wheldon with seven laps to go.

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