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Sara Christian’s fifth-place finish in a 1949 race remains the best for a female driver in NASCAR’s top series.
It seemed fitting Patrick’s burst happened in May.
She challenged for the Indy 500 win as a rookie, becoming the first woman to lead laps while finishing fourth in 2005. She finished a career-best third in 2009.
"I had someone say they get a little sad when May comes, and I’m not (in Indy)," she said. "I said, ‘You know, there’s so many great memories.’ Times change, things change, and I’m really happy where I’m at and proud of the progress we made. But I never forget Indy. Ever."
She won’t forget Kansas any time soon.
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