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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 09:25 AM
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Little know facts about this year's Indy 500
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(If you don't like motorsports, that's okay. BUT GO START YOUR OWN THREAD IF YOU WANT TO TRASH IT. You even have my permission to call me out about it.)

There will be three women starting.

Many of us already know Danica Patrick. She drove a Rahal/(Dave)Letterman car in her rookie drive a few years ago.

Then there's Sarah Fisher. She owns her own car (a very big deal). She was the first woman to win the pole position. She was the youngest driver to ever have competed in the race.

The third woman is Venezuelan Milka Duno, the first Latina to race at Indy and the first woman from her native Venezuela to ever make a career of international motorsports.

There are actually two Venezuelans in the race, Milka Duno and E J Viso. Viso is starting in position #29 and Duno is in #30. I wonder if they're using Citgo branded ethanol. :)

Dave Letterman's and partner Bobby Rahal's Car 17 is being driven by Oriol Servia. The team was unable to find a full year's sponsorship, so I guess Dave is writing a few checks this week.

Meanwhile, two racing family scions are on other than the family teams. Bobby Rahal's son Graham is racing for Newman-Haas this year (Paul Newman's old team) and Marco Andretti is driving Richard Petty's first Indy ride.

Anyway, this race is such an American tradition and icon, it seemed appropriate to mention it and try to keep it interesting but apolitical ...... mostly.
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