The new face of Indy racing.
What have you found most surprising about your newfound fame?
People want to give you things.... [But] the best part of it is not necessarily materialistic. It's receiving compliments from such legends and such people that I would have never thought to be compared to.
Being a female in a male-dominated field, what kind of resistance, if any, have you felt?
When I was young, boys were all scared of me. I didn't feel any [resistance] then. As soon as they turned like 16, 17, 18 ... it was more difficult.... I had to gain everyone's respect and show them that I'm here and I'm not just a go-cart driver.... So you have to put in the time, you have to put in the effort ... and hope you get all the way.
What did you learn from racing in the Indy 500?
I learned how patience can be beneficial. I learned how mistakes can be very detrimental.... You have to stay calm, you have to take everything as it comes, and take a deep breath.
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|Title Annotation:||Danica Patrick|
|Publication:||New York Times Upfront|
|Date:||Sep 5, 2005|
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