Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman to lead Indy 500.
May 29 is a significant date for women in the sports world. In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to drive in the Indy 500. 28 years later, on May 29, 2005, Danica Patrick became the first woman to take the lead in the Indy 500.
Patrick had engine trouble and dropped from 4th to 16th place but climbed back up and with only 10 laps left, she took the lead. Her team gambled with the idea of avoiding one more pit stop, which forced her to conserve gas, allowing Dan Wheldon to pass her and win the race.
Patrick came in 4th and earned her Rookie of the Year.