IRL's Danica Patrick tops most-searched list on Web

December 8, 2008
Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick topped golfer Tiger Woods, quarterback Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Eli Manning as the most searched-for athlete in 2008, according to America Online's annual list of top Web, mobile and video searches.

AOL ranks the top searches in 40 categories based on the people, places and topics that received the largest volume of Web and mobile-search queries on AOL Search and its video search engine, Truveo.

Patrick, who raced into national prominence with a fourth-place finish in the 2005 Indianapolis 500, increased her popularity in 2008. Before the IRL season, the 26-year-old appeared in Sports Illustrated's famous Swimsuit Edition, and in April she earned her first career victory — the first by a woman in an Indy car event. She went on to finish a career-high sixth in the series championship.
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