Will Indy prove to be 'fortune' 500 for Danica?

DAVID CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

Danica Patrick became a household name in 2005 when she became the first female driver to lead the Indianapolis 500, before eventually finishing fourth.

Is an Indy win her destiny?

A cookie can't be wrong, can it?

"I have to tell you - I got a fortune cookie when we went out to dinner in Kansas," Patrick said yesterday during a teleconference from Indianapolis.

"I'm reading it right now because I hung it up.

"(The cookie) actually had two fortunes in there. I didn't realize it had a second one and when I turned it over it said: 'A four-wheeled adventure will soon bring you happiness.'

"It was a fortune cookie - that's got to be great, right?!"

But Patrick did express confidence as the days wind towards the series' big kahuna of races on Memorial Day.

After all, she is a veteran of the event.

"Every now and again you get along with a track real well and I feel good that Indy is a place I can get around."

She has experienced going, ... from the front to the back to the front to the back to the front - all in the course of the 500 miles.

"So being patient is a key thing around here."

ROOKIES ROCKIN' ...

From cookies to rookies.

It's humourous to see 37-year-old Canadian veteran Alex Tagliani in the rookie class, but the Montrealer graduated from the Players racing program just as the Indy series split into two.

So Tagliani will be racing at the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in his career. Of course, he'll be driving the orange No. 34 car for Conquest Racing - the one that will be wearing the sponsorship of Northlands and the Rexall Edmonton Indy.

Rookies literally have to attend class, a two-day affair, in fact.

Tagliani, Robert Doornbos and Rafaal Matos - all three who have raced at Edmonton - all made it through yesterday, completing the 10 consecutive laps in each of four speed brackets.

Doornbos's top lap was 221.735.

Paul Tracy - taking a "refresher" course - snapped off a 223.089 lap.

Pole position qualifying is Saturday.


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