Sunday April 20, 2008 is a special day in NTT IndyCar Series history as Andretti Green Racing’s Danica Patrick driving the No.7 Motorola Honda became the first female driver to win a major open wheel Racing event.
The Indy Japan 300 was due to take place at Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday April 19 was rescheduled for Sunday 20 due to monsoon like conditions which saw water seep from the circuit.
Patrick started the race from sixth place on the grid and had yet to enter victory lane with Andretti Green Racing having joined the Michael Andretti led team from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at the end of the 2006 IndyCar season.
Patrick made a great start to the race running up front however she fell back during the event however this proved to be an inspired strategy as she managed to save enough fuel so that she was able to take advantage of a clear track putting in fast laps.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Honda led 101 laps while Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves led 97 laps.
Danica Patrick took the lead with three laps to go and never looked back beating Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon to take victory.