born March 25, 1982) is an American professional stock car racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman.
She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an Indy Car Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish there ever by a woman. In 2012, she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.
Patrick started in kart racing and later raced in Formula Ford in the United Kingdom before returning to the United States and moving up to Indy Cars.
She was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 Indy Car Series season.
She holds the IRL record for most consecutive races running at the finish: as of October 2, 2011, she had completed 50 consecutive in the running (besting the record by 18). After attending the women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy, she was a guest of Lyn St. racing in British national series events against drivers including future Formula One world champion Jenson Button.
James at the 1997 Indianapolis 500 and was introduced to John Mecom Jr., a former winning Indy 500 team owner, who began following her career and arranged for her to go to the U. During a three-year period she raced in Formula Ford, Formula Vauxhall and earned a second-place in Britain's Formula Ford Festival, the highest finish by an American in the event.
In 2002 Patrick started driving for Rahal Letterman Racing in the United States.
After making several starts in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, she moved to the Toyota Atlantic Championship for 2003.
Patrick won one pole position and was a consistent podium finisher (top three); however, she never won a race.
In 2004 Patrick finished third in the Championship.
On May 29, 2005, Patrick became the fourth woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500, following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. As of 2012, Patrick joins Guthrie as one of only two women to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.