Bar Refaeli may be smokin’ hot, but can she drive a 650 hp open-wheel Indy car at 200 mph? I think not. I wonder if Milka Duno or Sarah Fisher were invited to be photographed for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. No matter, we have Danica to fulfill our fantasies. If the photos below aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst, you can spend your entire lunch break visiting the Sports Illustrated website.
Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin) first raced go-karts when her parents decided the family needed a fun way to spend time together. Patrick left home at the age of 16 and raced open-wheel cars in England. The highlight was a runner-up finish in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, the highest finish by an American in the event’s history. That result drew the attention of Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal, who signed her to a contract and began shepherding Patrick up the racing ladder. Patrick’s racing career continued to pick up speed and was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. In May 2006, she published her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line. With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race. Patrick is making her second Swimsuit appearance.
Patrick commenting on her second consecutive photo feature in SI
DP: It is really an honor. I was talking to my husband the other day and he was wondering if an athlete’s gone back-to-back in the issue before, and I don’t know that answer. They might have, there might be some other ones, but I don’t think it’s incredibly common, so I’m really, really flattered that SI would have me in the issue again, and, you know, I would love to be a regular in the issue. I’m going to work hard this year to try and earn that spot again. (Laughs)
Photographed by Marlena Bielinska in New York City