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Danica Patrick: 'Girl' Takes Charge Behind the Wheel

Danica Patrick, shown here in May 2005, a week before she placed fourth in the Indianapolis 500.
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Danica Patrick, shown here in May 2005, a week before she placed fourth in the Indianapolis 500.

Danica Patrick placed fourth at last year's Indianapolis 500, earning the best time in the contest for a woman driver. While she didn't take the checkered flag, Patrick did become the first woman to lead a lap in the legendary race. She hopes to top that finish in this year's Indy 500 on May 28.

A self-described "girl," Patrick discusses how she got her start in the sport and the challenges she faces on the track.

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