Danica Patrick is a driver in the IndyCar series. On April 20, 2008, she became the first woman to win an Indy car race - the Indy Japan 300. At least one commentator cast doubt on the legitimacy of her win, because she was not facing the elite drivers of the series. Nevertheless, Danica won against the competition she faced.
Patrick was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. Her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line, was published in March, 2006.
Patrick was criticized throughout her career, however, for never winning a race, and yet receiving more publicity than any of her fellow drivers. That criticism was put to rest in March, 2008 – for the most part – with her Japan 300 win.
Patrick formerly drove for Rahal Letterman Racing, and now drives for Andretti Green Racing.
Patrick is married to Paul Edward Hospenthal, formerly her physical therapist. Her parents are , T.J. and Bev Patrick.