Indy 500 : Danica Patrick Finishes 10th
For that 2nd time in her IndyCar career, Danica Patrick took a late lead with the Indy 500 and essential fuel concerns to resolve themselves to have a chance at taking the checkered flag. And much like in 2005, Patrick’s 2011 Indy 500 bid actually ran from fuel just a little too soon, leaving her using a 10th-place finish.
Patrick’s team gambled on the fuel-conservation tactic by pitting on Lap 159 and hoping for two things: sufficient green flag racing for Patrick’s car to regain the form that had her running powerful late, as well as a caution to offer Patrick a chance to fill up just before the complete. She acquired the previous, and led ten laps following taking the lead with 20 laps to go.
That final stop left her racing to create the top ten – which she did, at 10th, supplying her six top-10 finishes on the Indy 500 in 7 starts.