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Danica Patrick and Victory Circle

Danica Patrick and Victory Circle

Motegi, Japan

Click on this photo to enlarge it to really appreciate the true mob scene which Patrick caused with her win!

In 2005, when Danica Patrick first entered the Indy Racing League, driving a race car for the Bobby Rahal/David Letterman race team (yes, THAT David Letterman --- Who did you think? The OTHER one?), great things were expected ... and right away. Letterman/Rahal had won the Indy 500 the year before with driver Buddy Rice (and where has HE gone?) and the team was one which had gotten used to being a "winner", not only for the team members and its owners, but for the public, too. Rahal, whose 19-year old son, Graham, won the opening race of this 2008 Indycar season, in St. Petersburg, FL, is considered one of the smartest men ever in motor racing; if I remember right, Rahal has advanced engineering degrees, and I know for certain that he owns several car dealerships in his home state of Ohio. But the pressure on Danica Patrick was intense, both from her team and from the public ... Not to mention the internal pressure she put on herself.

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