The Ladies of the 2010 Indy 500
The Indianapolis 500 will feature a record four women in the field of 33 drivers this Memorial Day weekend. The sport of Indy Car racing has come a long way since Janet Guthrie became the first female driver at the Indy 500 back in 1977. Danica Patrick is easily the biggest female name racing this weekend, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you to the other ladies in the race.
Simona de Silvestro
Simona de Silvestro (born September 1, 1988) is a Swiss race car driver from Thun, Switzerland. She raced for Team Stargate Worlds in the Atlantic Championship in 2008 and 2009. She won the Atlantic race at the 2008 Long Beach Grand Prix, making her the 2nd woman to win in that series. She won 4 times during the 2009 season and led in points for most of the season. She ultimately finished 3rd in the standings after retiring on the first lap during the season finale at Laguna Seca. – Wikipedia
Ana “Bia” Beatriz Caselato Gomes de Figueiredo (born March 18, 1985 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian racing driver currently competing in the Firestone Indy Lights series. Figueiredo won her first Indy Lights race at Nashville Superspeedway on 12 July 2008, becoming the first woman to win a race in the Indy Lights series. On June 20, 2009 Bia won her second Indy Lights race and became the first woman to win a race car event at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. – Wikipedia
Sarah Marie Fisher (born October 4, 1980) is an American professional race car driver competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Commercial Point, Ohio, Fisher signed a contract in 1999 to compete at the top level of American open-wheel racing and qualified for her first Indianapolis 500 in May 2000 at age 19, becoming just the third female and the youngest woman to ever compete. Fisher, who won an Advertising Age Marketing 100 award for her marketing excellence, started her own team in 2008, Sarah Fisher Racing, becoming the first and only female team owner and the youngest owner in the IndyCar Series. In 2009, she competed in her 8th Indy 500, marking the most number of starts for a woman in the 93-year history of the event. Her first book, 99 Things Women Wish They knew Before Getting Behind The Wheel of Their Dream Job, is to appear in 2010. – Wikipedia
Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is an American auto racing driver, currently competing in the IndyCar Series, the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as a model and advertising spokeswoman. Patrick was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race. Patrick currently drives the #7 GoDaddy.com Honda/Dallara for Andretti Autosport. In 2010, Patrick will race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala for JR Motorsports part-time. She also has an equity stake in her #7 team. She placed 3rd in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, which was both a personal best for her at the track and the highest finish by a woman in the event’s history. – Wikipedia