Gallery: Danica’s first Indy 500

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Danica Patrick during a qualifying run for the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Patrick qualified fourth. Indycar Courtesy Photo

Danica Patrick walks to the starting line of the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Photo by: Michael Voorhees,  Indycar Courtesy Photo

Danica Patrick puts on her helmet prior to the 2005 Indianapolis 500.  Indycar Courtesy Photo

The start of the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick is on the right side of the second row. Photo by: Dan Helrigel,  Indycar Courtesy Photo

Danica Patrick's No. 16 car shows heavy nose damage after an accident late in the 89th Indianapolis 500. -- Photo by: Shawn Payne,  Indycar Courtesy Photo

Danica Patrick takes the lead during the closing stages of the 2005 Indianapolis 500. She would finish fourth. Indycar Courtesy Photo

Danica Patrick is congratulated by team co-owner Bobby Rahal after making history by finishing fourth in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. It is the best finish by a woman in 500 history. -- Photo by: Kay Nichols,  Indycar Courtesy Photo

Danica Patrick is interviewed by Dr. Jerry Punch of ABC Sports after making history by finishing fourth in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. It is the best finish by a woman in 500 history. -- Photo by: Kay Nichols,  Indycar Courtesy Photo