Patrick Makes Indy 500 History

Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead a day of Indy 500 practice in 28 years, after posting the fastest speed of the third day of official practice

Patrick Makes Indy 500 History

The American rookie posted the fastest speed recorded so far this month, with a 227.663mph lap, comfortably beating Tony Kanaan's 227.453mph - the previous best, set on Wednesday.

Janet Guthrie was the last women to achieve the same feat, when she topped practice in 1977.

"This team won this race last year and they know the proper ways of working through all of the plans leading up to qualifying," Patrick said at the end of the day.

Kanaan improved on his previous best with a 227.525mph lap, but it wasn't good enough to beat Patrick.

Kosuke Matsuura, Dan Wheldon and Patrick's teammate Vitor Meira, all lapped inside the 227mph bracket and improved on their speeds from Wednesday.

Ganassi driver Darren Manning escaped injury after hitting the wall at Turn Two. The Briton's Panoz Toyota suffered front and rear damage and spun several times before stopping on the apron at the exit of the corner.

Manning said: "We just changed cars, and maybe the feel was just slightly different. I was just on a build-up lap on pretty low downforce and the tires were cold. I tried to get up to speed a bit too fast."

Pos Car Driver Make-Engine Speed (mph) 1. 16 Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 227.633 2. 11 Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 227.525 3. 55 Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 227.375 4. 26 Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 227.114 5. 17 Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 227.037 6. 27 Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 226.908 7. 6T Sam Hornish Jr. Dallara-Toyota 226.724 8. 8 Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 226.505 9. 9T Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 226.183 10. 70 Richie Hearn Panoz-Chevrolet 225.691 11. 6 Sebastien Bourdais Panoz-Honda 225.653 12. 4T Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Chevrolet 225.476 13. 10T Darren Manning Panoz-Toyota 225.431 14. 95 Buddy Lazier Dallara-Chevrolet 225.238 15. 3 Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 225.000 16. 36 Bruno Junqueira Panoz-Honda 224.963 17. 7 Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 224.776 18. 33 Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 224.343 19. 2 Tomas Enge Dallara-Chevrolet 223.733 20. 5 Adrian Fernandez Panoz-Honda 223.172 21. 51 Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 220.986 22. 44 Jeff Bucknum Dallara-Honda 219.937 23. 83 Patrick Carpentier Dallara-Toyota 219.220 24. 20 Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 218.817 25. 21 Jaques Lazier Panoz-Toyota 218.052 26. 20T Jeff Ward Dallara-Toyota 217.310 27. 91T Paul Dana Dallara-Toyota 216.728 28. 14 A.J. Foyt IV Dallara-Toyota 216.477 29. 25 Marty Roth Dallara-Chevrolet 215.227 30. 48 Larry Foyt Panoz-Toyota 207.863 T = Spare Car 
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