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Danica Patrick finally qualifies for Indianapolis 500 1

Posted: May 23, 2011, 10:26 AM ; Updated: May 23, 2011, 10:26 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Danica Patrick has taken advantage of a second chance and qualified for the Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar's most marketable personality is in the 33-car field with a four-lap qualifying average of 224.861 mph, the second fastest of the day.

It wasn't easy.

Patrick pulled out of the qualifying line when her car failed inspection, then had to wait through two rain delays before making a qualifying attempt. At one point, it looked like Patrick might not even get that shot. When the track dried, Patrick quickly got up to speed and qualified 26th, the middle of Row 9. Paul Tracy has the day's fastest speed, 224.939, and Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe will start on the outside of Patrick at 224.630.

The race is May 29.

American Graham Rahal and Brazilian Ana Beatriz qualified for the race earlier in the day. Beatriz made the first run, completing her four laps with an average of 223.979 mph. That's the slowest speed in the field. She currently holds the No. 26 starting spot.

Rahal posted an average speed of 224.380, completing the run as rain fell on the south end of the 2.5-mile oval. He's tentatively in the No. 25 starting spot.

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