See I do a post about the IRL and look what happens later that day? Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy Car race tonight by passing Helio Castronoves with two laps remaining in the Firestone Indy 300 in Motegi, Japan. This is a huge moment for the Indy Car series. 19 year-old phenom Graham Rahal gets his first career win last week in St. Petersburg and the newly unified series follows it up with perhaps its finest post-split moment. Will this attract more sponsors and media coverage for the IRL ? I don’t know, but Tony George seemed more than a little excited as he rushed to congratulate Patrick on her historic win.