It is true that Danica Patrick is one of the best known names in racing Indy 500 but there were other women that have paved the way for these women we see racing today.
Janet Guthrie became the first female driver to compete in the 1977 Indianapolis 500. The actions of Janet Guthrie made it much easier for women that came after her to come and race in the Indy 500.
In 2005 Danica Patrick blew people out of the water when she was the first female to lead the Indy 500 race during her rookie season.
For the second year in a row there is going to be four woman in the 33 car field. Who is going to be racing? Danica Patrick, Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland and Ana Beatrix of Brazil as well as rookie Pippa Mann from England.
Danica Patrick was the first female to lead laps in the Indy 500 and finished in fourth. The highest finish ever was by Patrick when she placed third in the 2009 Indy 500.