PATRICK GIVES HISTORY LESSON.Byline: David Felton
LONG BEACH -- It was hard to tell. Was Danica Patrick Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin) is an American auto racing driver competing in the IndyCar Series. She is from an Irish-American family and was raised in Roscoe, Illinois. more relieved by winning, or that she won't have to hear the same inquiries, over and over again, before and after every race?
"I'm really glad I don't have to answer that 'When are you going to win your first race?' question," Patrick told several hundred members of the media Sunday at the Toyota Grand Prix Grand Prix
n. pl. Grand Prix
Any of several competitive international road races for sports cars of specific engine size over an exacting, usually risky course. of Long Beach.
She arrived after a combination of helicopters, jets and cars brought her from Japan to Long Beach following her IndyCar Series The IndyCar Series is the premier series of the Indy Racing League. Due to the legal settlement with CART, the IRL was unable to utilize the name until the beginning of the 2003 season. victory at Twin Ring Motegi Twin Ring Motegi is an automobile racing track located at Motegi, Japan. Its name comes from the fact that there are two race tracks at the facility: a 1.549 mile oval (2.493 kilometers) and a 4.8 kilometer (2.983 miles) road course. . "I'm sorry. I lacked a crystal ball."
Hours earlier, Patrick became the first woman to win an IRL 1. (jargon, chat) IRL - In real life. Generally synonymous with f2f.
2. (language, robotics) IRL - Industrial Robot Language. event.
She then embarked on a journey that included a helicopter ride from the track to the airport, a 12-hour flight and finally a short drive on the freeways to reach the 1.968-mile temporary downtown street course.
When asked it she felt historic after her milestone victory, Patrick replied, "I do feel kind of old today," perhaps a product of the jet lag jet lag
Period of adjustment of biological rhythm after moving from one time zone to another, experienced as fatigue and lowered efficiency. It reflects a delay in the synchronization of changes in the level of blood cortisol, the major steroid produced by the adrenal cortex that was clearly visible on the 26-year-old's famous face.
"It's going to be one of those things people remember," Patrick continued.
"It's a first. Firsts go into the history books. -- I always hoped and wanted to be that person."
Patrick won thanks to a beautiful job of fuel management. She stayed close enough to leader Helio Castroneves to not lose sight but didn't really open up until the final 10 laps, the same time he was backing off so he could reach the checkered flag.
"When it came down to 10 (laps) to go, I was like, 'Where's Helio?'" Patrick said. "I kicked it up a notch and got by him. I didn't want to think, "I should have pushed harder."'
Will Power, who won Sunday's Champ Car “CART” redirects here. For other uses, see CART (disambiguation).
Champ Car, an abbreviation of "Championship Car", has been the name for a class and specification of cars used in American Championship Car Racing for many decades. race, was quite impressed.
"I watched that race," the Australian said. "I felt really happy for her. She saved more fuel and won fair and square."
Hours after winning her first IndyCar race, Danica Patrick made it to Long Beach.
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