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Patrick unable to hang on in top five after late pit stop

Notebook: Danica Patrick would have been better off had the rain delay never ended.

Updated: May 28, 2007, 12:49 PM ET
By John Schwarb and John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danica Patrick would have been better off if Sunday's the rain delay never ended.

The third-year driver sat in third place when the red flag flew for rain, and if the result stood she would have bested her 2005 fourth-place finish -- the high mark for a woman at the Indianapolis 500.

Instead when the race resumed, Patrick was slowed by a couple of off-sequence pit stops and could only manage eighth.

"I had a fast car, and it was a good day except for ...

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