Move Over Boys ... History is in the Making
Patrick, Fisher and Duno to Race in the Watkins Glen Grand Prix on July 8th
Three women known for providing racing "firsts", Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher and Milka Duno, will add to that legacy when they take the green flag during this year's Watkins Glen Grand Prix, July 6-8. The Independence Day weekend will mark the first time in major open-wheel racing history that three women will compete on the 3.4 mile road course, adding another chapter to our storied road course.
"This is huge milestone for major open-wheel racing," said Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International. "We hope our fans will come to the track to witness this historic moment and enjoy the Independence Day celebration that we are planning over the course of the event weekend."
Fisher announced yesterday during a press conference held at Homestead-Miami Speedway that she would compete in all 17 IndyCar Series events beginning this weekend at the Florida track.
"I'm extremely excited about racing Indy Cars on road courses," commented Fisher. "I've heard Watkins Glen is a very smooth, rhythmic, fast track to run at. It's got a lot of tradition, what more can you ask for?" Her lack of experience on road courses might be difficult to overcome but she already has a strategy. "To get ready to race at The Glen, I'll be watching tapes and playing computer games." Fisher holds the distinction of the two highest finishes by a woman in IndyCar-style racing history; she finished second at Miami-Homestead Speedway in 2000 and third at Kentucky Speedway in 2001.
Patrick has raced at The Glen as part of the IndyCar Series the last two years for Rahal Letterman racing but has met with limited success placing 16th in 2005 and 8th in 2006. This weekend she will make her season debut with a new team in Homestead.
"I think a strength of Andretti Green Racing is their road racing car," said Patrick. "We've been making progress lately, I expect my road racing to go better than it has." She has quickly become one of the biggest stars on the IndyCar Series and made open-wheel history when in 2005 she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500.
Duno, who has raced at The Glen numerous times over the last three years as a driver of a Daytona Prototype on the Grand-Am Roles Sports Car Series, announced today that she would run a more limited season schedule including Watkins Glen and other ISC sister facilities including Kansas, Michigan, Kentucky, and Chicagoland.
"I think it will be a good race with my road racing background," she said. "I enjoy running Watkins Glen - of course; I ran some good races there." Duno has been a trailblazer for women racers since she joined the Grand-Am Roles Sports Car Series in 2004. She became the first woman to win a major international sports car race in North America with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in her first year. Duno has captured two more victories since then and was a runner-up in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona which is the highest finish ever by a female in the event's 45-year history.
Tickets for the entire 2007 season are on sale now and can be purchased at an advanced price until April 29th. This includes the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, June 8-10, the return of open-wheel racing during the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, July 6-8, and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series at The Glen, August 9-12. For more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE, or log on to the official website at www.TheGlen.com.