Indy – Danica Patrick 3rd Highest Paid Female Athlete

August 3, 2011

Indy

Danica Patrick is the third highest-paid female athlete at $12 million, according to earnings estimates by Forbes.com.

Patrick, who’s competing in her seventh IZOD IndyCar Series season, has one victory and 60 top-10 finishes in 109 races. Her ninth-place finish in the Edmonton Indy on July 24, in which she advanced from the 22nd starting position, was voted the Firestone Tire-ific Move of the Race via the poll on www.indycar.com.

Patrick will be among the 27 competitors in the Honda Indy 200 this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 7 Team GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport.

Maria Sharapova, who only recently has bounced back on the court, is the world’s highest-paid female athlete for the seventh consecutive year. She earned $25 million over the past 12 months, which is double No. 2 on the list — 21-year-old tennis player Caroline Wozniacki

Forbes’ earnings estimates were for the 12 months ending July 1 and factored in prize money, salaries, appearance fees, licensing income and endorsements. Tennis players dominate the list (seven of top 10).

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