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Danica Patrick dodges disaster at Indy

Updated: May 23, 2011, 3:00 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- They set a new track record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

With Danica Patrick sitting in the qualifying line just after 3 p.m. and rain teeming down, things didn't look good for America's favorite female racer. But the IMS Safety Team managed to get the famous 2.5-mile oval dried in just 90 minutes -- faster than any veteran Indy observer could remember.

That allowed Patrick to take to the track at 4:43 p.m., and about five minutes later, ...

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