Wednesday, August 24, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 29: Danica Patrick, Blacks and South Americans

142.  DANICA PATRICK was the first woman to lead the 500, in 2005, her rookie season.

143.  She also recorded the highest start and finish for a woman in the 500.  Started 4th in 2005 and led for 19 laps and finished fourth.

146.  WILLY RIBBS was the first black man to qualify for the 500.  In 1991 with a speed of 217.358.

147.  EMERSON FITIPALDI was the first South American to win the 500.  A Brazillian, he's since been joined by Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan.

148.  The first SPANISH-SPEAKING South American to win the 500 (Portuagl is primarily Portuguese) was JUAN PABLO MONTOYA.


1 comment:

~llilly said...

These are probably in your comments somewhere, but the year Danica made her best finish in the 500 was also the first time the late Dan Wheldon won. All the attention was on her for not winning but he was a good sport about it. They were teammates at Andretti-Green and when he was making the media rounds after winning the race, the journalists were more interested in What he thought about Danica.

Emerson Firripaldi broke tradition and drank orange juice in Victory Lane, instead of milk. He was promoting his orchards. He was booed so he took a sip of the milk.