Colorless At Indy 500 Conclusion

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 24, 2011


Kristin Bumbera, Max Siegle

Kristin Bumbera, Max Siegle

OAKLAND, CA—This is what the Indy type racing corporation’s need to accomplish. Organize racing schools in the inner cities for children who are interested in the business and show the talent.

NASCAR has formed The Drive for Diversity program for minority drivers and women in 2004. The numbers have been improving for women but remain stagnant for African American men.

On Memorial Day, May 29, 2005, Dianica Patrick with the assistance of television late night host and corporate sponsor David Letterman, took her race car to the front of the pack and became the first woman ever to lead in the Brickyard. The Letterman-Rahal-Motor Sports Team had the best pit crew in the Brickyard. Patrick used it to her advantage and she did all of this after her car stalled in lap 77. She also crashed on a re-start in lap 142 while trying to warm up her car tires, and then exhibited the driving skill to avoid the Indy wall.

At the end of this grueling race, the track reporters ran to Dianica Patricks pit area to get an interview. A woman outshined men at their sport, their game, and in their domain, this was the story.

The winner in 2005 was Englishmen Dan Wheldon. He was left out on the track unattended while his car had to get pushed into the winner circle. His car was out of gas when it crossed the start finish line. Wheldon took about ten to fifteen minutes to arrive in the winner’s circle. Just enough time for Dianica Patrick to soak up her newly found fame.

Did Dianica Patrick propel womens rights forward in motor sports? Apparently Dianica wants to make more TV ads than race and that is not a good thing for other serious female drivers. Patrick has become the poster child for female racers but she should be more responsible in promoting motor sports. Like win a major race in the United States.

The time has come for African Americans to take the steering wheel of Indy Cars and cross the finish line first.

The question is when will we see an African American Driver raise that gallon milk bottle in victory?

P.S. Special thanks to web sites Gibbs Magazine, NASCAR, IRL, and Wikipedia

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