Racin' with Russ
Over the past five years, Danica Patrick has certainly paved the way for some up-and-coming female drivers, but they’ll have a tough road to hoe without some stats and good looks to back up their marketability.
Patrick didn’t exactly set the world on fire with impressive stats before landing an IndyCar ride with Bobby Rahal.
But, she had magazine cover/model good looks and the sponsors started to line up when the idea of a race car driver with such sex appeal was credible.
When compared to such female drivers as Simona de Silvestro or Catherine Legge, Patrick didn’t score a single win in any other open wheel series such as Formula Atlantic, unless you go way back to her go-kart days.
None the less, Patrick has raised the awareness that female drivers can get the job done against a male dominated sport.
Here are a dozen up-and-comers that could very well make a difference in the record books over the next decade.