Keeping Pace

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2009, 12:29 A.M.

Motor racing not just for boys now

Three female drivers set to take the green flag for the 93rd Indy 500 run on Sunday.

Sarah Fisher recalls hearing tales about how there was a time when women weren’t allowed in the pits at the Indianapolis 500.

Those days are long gone.

Fisher is one of three female drivers who will take part in today’s Indy 500. Last year, the three drivers – Fisher, Danica Patrick (in photo) and Milka Duno – were part of Indy history. That race marked the first time three women participated.

This year, there hasn’t been much attention given to the three, something that might indicate progress. The three drivers aren’t an oddity anymore; they’re part of the fabric of the race.

“Girls at the speedway, who would have thought?” said Fisher, who will make her eighth Indy 500 start.

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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.