Can Danica add a jewel to her crown at Indy?

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117994502410778.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of‘, ‘Former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick will start in the middle of row three in the 91st running of the Indy 500 Sunday, May 27.‘);

Danica Patrick, the crowned princess of the Indy Racing League (IRL) and former Roscoe resident, will start the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in the eighth position (middle of row three) this Sunday, May 27. She will try to out-duel the 32 other starters to become the first female in history to win the 500.

Patrick won’t be the only female looking to make history in this year’s race. Sarah Fisher and rookie Milka Duno will also be trying to secure a spot in the record books by winning the prestigious race. Fisher will start the race in the 21st position, and Duno will roll off from the 29th spot.

Helio Castroneves, former Indy 500 champion, will be on the pole. Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti will join him in row one. Sam Hornish Jr., last year’s Indy 500 champion, will start in the fifth position.

Patrick is not only trying to make history be becoming the first female to win the 500, she is also looking to pick up her first victory in the series. After being named Rookie of the Year in 2005, she has been shut out of victory lane.

Wouldn’t it be great for our princess to finally pick up a jewel to put in her crown? Most IndyCar racing fans would have to agree the Indianapolis 500 is the equivalent of the Hope Diamond when it comes to racing. It would make a terrific start to a crown that could eventually become very glittery.

The race will be televised locally on ABC with pre-race coverage beginning at 11 a.m. and the green flag waving at noon.

from the May 23-29, 2007, issue

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