Danica Ready to Make History at Indy 500

Racer 'really' likes her odds (and car) in next week's big race
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2008 4:43 PM CDT
Danica Ready to Make History at Indy 500
Danica Patrick, right, and teammate Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, talk during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

No longer just a pretty face, Danica Patrick finally has a win, a winning team, and the fastest car she's ever raced. “I really, really like my chances" in next weekend's Indy 500, she tells Sports Illustrated. "And man, how huge would it be if I could win the thing?"

Patrick, who nabbed her first win last  month Japan, drives for Andretti Green Racing, which has won three of the last four IndyCar Series championships. She is also fifth in points standings and has the fifth-place starting spot at Indy. She hopes to make up for 2005, when she led for 19 laps—but took bad advice from her pit crew and languished in fourth. (More auto racing stories.)

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