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Danica Patrick places fifth in Indy 500

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Monday, May 31, 2010 at 2:10pm EDT

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danicapatrickWith the Indianapolis 500 Race just completed, there’s no question that its most famous participant (other than spectator Kim Kardashian and Jack Nicholson, who was the honorary race flag waver) was Danica Patrick.

Patrick has had a rocky month and her season took an unexpected turn yesterday, when the IndyCar Series’ most popular driver was booed when she threw her race crew under the bus after a bad qualifying round.

But the star driver bounced back and Patrick’s tough week at the Brickyard ended with cheers instead of boos. She shook off the poor qualifying run and a somewhat poor-handling car to finish fifth in today’s Indy 500, her second consecutive top-five finish at the 2.5-mile oval.  She kept her cool, had a steady performance working her way from the back of the pack,  worked with her crew to fix a bad handling car and stayed in the race until the very end.

A crowd estimated at over 300,000 fans watched the event in sweltering 95 degree heat.

Dario Franchitti won the race, his second at the speedway and the Scottish driver becomes the eighth to have multiple wins at the Indy 500.

A record four women qualified for today’s race. In addition to Patrick, who made her sixth career start at the 500, Ana Beatriz, Simona de Silvestro and Sarah Fisher also took to the track. A fifth woman, Milka Duno, fell short of making this year’s field during qualifying. She had raced at the 500 the past three years, finishing 19th in 2008.

Results for the 2010 94th Indianapolis 500

Danica Patrick 5th

Simona De Silvestro 13th

Ana Beatriz 21st

Sarah Fisher 26th

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