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Danica Patrick and the Winners' Traditional Champagne Spray

Danica Patrick and the Winners' Traditional Champagne Spray

Motegi, Japan

They say that American racing great and eternally-young Dan Gurney "invented" the now-expected champagne on the winners' podium at LeMans in 1967. He and his co-driver, a Texan named AJ Foyt, won the "24 Hours of LeMans" driving a Ford GT40, defeating Porsche, Ferrari and all the rest. That GT40 was developed by another Texan, this one named Carroll Shelby. The tradition caught on, and in a big way, and Danica not only participated in the spraying at Motegi, but she also took a couple of big swigs from the bottle, thrilling the Japanese fans even more than she did by winning the race.

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