RACE: 89th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 29, 2005
WINNER: Dan Wheldon
AVERAGE SPEED: 157.603 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: Dan Wheldon became the first Briton to win at the Brickyard since Graham Hill in 1966, but it was Danica Patrick who stole the headlines. She took the lead on a restart with 10 laps to go, the first woman to lead the Indy 500. And while Wheldon passed her for the lead three laps later, she still wound up finishing fourth behind Vitor Meira and Bryan Herta when the race ended under caution.
NOTABLE: Wheldon won six times to capture the series title, while Patrick became the most famous woman in motorsports. She appeared on morning talk shows and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, prompting Wheldon to jokingly wear a T-shirt that read, "I actually won the Indy 500." The broadcast crew was heavily criticized for focusing too much on Patrick, but it was the highest-rated race in a decade.