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She has a younger sister, Brooke.
She grew up in Roscoe, Illinois and attended Hononegah Community High School.
At the 2000 Formula Ford Festival in England, she finished in second place, the best result any American driver ever earned in the race.
In 2005 became the fourth woman (following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher) to drive in the Indianapolis 500 auto race. She finished in 4th place, the best ever result for a female driver.
May 29, 2005 - First female ever to lead in the Indy 500
At 16, went to England to learn how to race.
2005 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year.
Witnessed the crash between Paul Dana and Ed Carpenter at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida which had resulted in Paul Dana's death. (March 26, 2006)
Got hooked on racing when her sister, Brooke, took up go-carts (Brooke lost interest, Danica didn't).
"I'm a race car driver, and I'm a very competitive one."
"Everybody loves to cheer for the under dog, and I definitely am, I'm a rookie."
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