Where did Danica Patrick score her only IndyCar win, and did she win in NASCAR?

Jake Nichol October 19, 2021
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One-time IndyCar race winner Danica Patrick will be joining Sky Sports F1 on the ground at Austin for the US Grand Prix this weekend, but where did she record her only IndyCar win?

Danica Patrick IndyCar win revealed

After making her way up through the junior ranks, Patrick made her IndyCar debut in 2005.

Driving the #16 Rahal Letterman Racing machine, she finished 15th on debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In just her fifth IndyCar race – she took fourth place at the Indy 500.

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That race was historic as Patrick became the first woman to ever lead the Indy 500.

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She ended 2005 12th in the points with 325 points.

Patrick ran every race in 2006, bar the opener where teammate Paul Dana was killed in an accident.

Despite scoring 302 points, she climbed to ninth in the standings.

For 2007 – she’d move to Andretti Green Racing – the same team that Romain Grosjean now races for in IndyCar.

A year later in Japan, Patrick would make IndyCar history.

At the annual visit to Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi circuit, she eked out her fuel to record the win, hitting the front with three laps to go.

This came against the backdrop of American open-wheel racing reunifying after the damaging split of the late 1990s.

Patrick’s win was, and is to date, the only win by a female driver in IndyCar.

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A year later at the Indy 500, Patrick finished third.

That result is the best a female driver has achieved at The Brickyard.

Patrick then found results difficult to come by – a pair of P2 finishes in 2010 her best before leaving IndyCar at the end of 2011.

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career

Patrick switched across to the Cup Series for 2012, having previously ran a part-time effort in what is now the XFinity Series in 2011.

She made her Cup debut at the 2012 Daytona 500 – taking in 10 races in total.

2013 was a full-time assault on stock car racing in the #10 Stewart Haas machine, with the likes of Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick as teammates during her tenure.

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She raced for SHR for five full seasons, taking seven top 10 results.

Her best was at Atlanta in 2014 with a sixth place finish.

At the Daytona 500, Patrick stuck her Chevrolet on the pole in 2013.

However, she slipped back to eighth by the flag – which would stand as her best result in the 500 mile race.

The final swansong

In 2018, Patrick competed in both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 as a farewall tour.

At Daytona, she qualified 28th in the Premium Motorsports machine.

She was caught up in The Big One halfway through.

The likes of Harvick, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr and Brad Keselowski were also caught up in the shunt.

At Indy, she drove for oval specialist Ed Carpenter Racing – although she could only manage 30th place as Will Power took the win.

To date, that is Patrick’s last race in motorsport.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.