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Photos: Danica Patrick through the years

Indy Racing League rookie Danica Patrick gives the thumbs up to a crew member as he adjusts her mirrors before practice at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. (ED REINKE, Associated Press)
She’s all business
Danica Patrick qualified in the second row, fourth overall, for her first Indianapolis 500. She was rookie of the year for the Indy 500 after leading 19 laps and finishing fourth, as well as winning rookie of the year for the Indy Racing League season. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images)
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By 2006, Danica Patrick had achieved rock-star status. Here she walks out to her pit area before the start of practice for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.  (DARRON CUMMINGS, Associated Press)
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Danica Patrick, still winless as of 2007 on the IndyCar circuit, said she was starting to feel the pressure entering the Indy 500. (Shuji Kajiyama, Associated Press)
Danica Patrick holds the winner’s trophy after finishing first in the Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi race course. Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history, taking the Indy Japan 300 race in her 50th start in the series. (AFP, AFP/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves
Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an open-wheel race on the elite level when she captured the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi in Tokyo on April 20. Helio Castroneves points out to Patrick the difference between the runner-up trophy and the champion’s trophy during the podium presentation.  (Katsumi Kasahara / Associated Press)
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Danica Patrick takes a champagne shower with second-place Helio Castroneves of Brazil on the podium after winning the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, northeast of Tokyo. (Katsumi Kasahara / Associated Press)
Premiere Of “Baby Mama” At The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival - Arrivals
Danica Patrick arrives at the “Baby Mama” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City (Bryan Bedder, Getty Images)
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Tragedy nearly befell Danica Patrick’s career recently when she struck a crewman with her car while practicing for the Indianapolis 500. Charles Buckman was taken to a local hospital with a concussion and lacerations. (Tom Strickland, Associated Press)
Danica Patrick, Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon of New Zealand and Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe (front) of Australia at a photo shoot on Wall Street. (STAN HONDA, AFP/Getty Images)
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Danica Patrick waves to the crowd during the IPL 500 Festival Parade in Indianapolis.  (Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press)
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Danica Patrick and her Andretti Green teammates had a tough time qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, but they had a better race day with Patrick taking fourth and Tony Kanaan finishing third. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Danica Patrick, Michael Andretti
Danica Patrick talks with team owner Michael Andretti before the final practice session Friday for the Indianapolis 500. (Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)