Danica finishes career-best second

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Danica Patrick claimed a career-best second-place finish at the Indy Car Series’ inaugural Detroit Indy Grand Prix Sept. 2.

After starting 11th, Patrick was able to work her way to the front, avoiding multiple wrecks on the 2.070-mile Belle Isle road course. She led nine laps, including leading as late as lap 69 of the scheduled 90 laps (the race finished under caution with 89 laps complete because of the series’ 2-hour, 10-minute race requirement).

In a post-race interview with indycar.coms Dave Lewandowski, Patrick said: “It was a bit of an up-and-down day. We qualified 11th. So mid-pack is never the ideal spot to be. But (I) kind of knew that it was settle in, make good fuel mileage, be smart, and try to get ’em in the pits.”

In the same interview, Patrick added: “You know, it was a fun-filled day for me. We weren’t the fastest car, but we were fast enough to be in contention and be there to do something about it, which was half the battle today. My team did a great job of putting the Motorola car in the right spot at the right time with the strategy. Track position was absolutely everything today, so they did a good job.”

Patrick’s Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan held on for the victory, which pulled him within 39 points of the season championship heading into the season finale at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet Sept. 9. Dan Wheldon finished third, Darren Manning fourth and Kosuke Matsuura fifth.

Heading into the season finale, top 10 in points are as follows, with points behind leader listed after name: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Scott Dixon, -3; 3. Kanaan, -39; 4. Wheldon, -138; 5. Sam Hornish Jr., -160; 6. Helio Castroneves, -173; 7. Patrick, -182; 8. Scott Sharp, -205; 9. Tomas Scheckter, -242; 10. Marco Andretti and Buddy Rice, -249.

The 200-lap Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway will be broadcast on ABC beginning at 3 p.m., Sept. 9. from the Sept. 5 – Sept. 11, 2007, issue

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