Speed thrills: a look at the women vying for the Indianapolis 500 field

(Tom Strattman - AP)
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Monday, May 24, 2010

A record five women vied for a spot in the 33-driver field for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Here's a look at the hopefuls and how they'll line up (or not):

Ana "Bia" Beatriz

Age: 25

Home town: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Indy 500 experience: First start

Qualifying result: Starts 21st (224.243 mph)

Racing résumé: Won two races in the developmental Indy Lights Series in 2008. Finished 13th in her Indy Racing League debut in March in Brazil.

Simona de Silvestro

Age: 21

Home town: Thun, Switzerland

Indy 500 experience: First start

Qualifying result: Starts 22nd (224.228 mph)

Racing résumé: After two impressive seasons in the Atlantic Championship, moved to the Indy Racing League this year. In five starts, posted a best finish of 16th.

Danica Patrick

Age: 28

Home town: Beloit, Wis.

Indy 500 experience: Five starts/Best finish, 3rd (2009)

Qualifying result: Starts 23rd (224.217 mph)

Racing résumé: Started in go-karts at 10. Became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in her 2005 debut, and first woman to win an IndyCar race (Japan 2008).

Milka Duno

Age: 38

Home town: Caracas, Venezuela

Indy 500 experience: 3 starts/Best finish, 19th (2008)

Qualifying result: Did not qualify

Racing résumé: A naval engineer and model with four master's degrees, didn't start racing until age 24, competing in sports cars. Has finished one race in five Indy Racing League starts in 2010.

Sarah Fisher

Age: 29

Home town: Columbus, Ohio

Indy 500 experience: 8 starts/Best finish, 17th (2009)

Qualifying result: Starts 29th (224.434 mph on the second day)

Racing résumé: Started in quarter-midgets at age 5. Became, at 19, the third woman and youngest to qualify for Indy. Her eight Indy 500 starts are a record for a woman.

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