Just call her the Hillary Clinton of NASCAR.
After training in England for a few years, Danica Patrick is now competing in the States, and on April 20 in Motegi, Japan, she became first female in IndyCar history to win a race.
Take that, boys!
And the 5'2" speed racer believes she could even have won the Indy 500 back in 2005 if she hadn't backed off in the final laps based on information from her pit crew. "Not going for the victory in '05 is the single greatest regret of my life," she tells Sports Illustrated. "I promise you I won't ever do that again. This year I'm going for the win, no matter what."
As tough on the track as any man, Danica is also as sensitive as any human being whose racecar accidentally struck a rival's mechanic during practice. "I kept thinking about his family," Danica says, referencing the sleepless night she had following the now-infamous incident.
Danica also does a lot for charity, including puting her racing suit and car parts up on eBay and donating the proceeds to charity, and participating in a remote-control race that benefitted Best Buddies Indiana , which works with mentally handicapped people.