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Powered by BEA Systems, Danica Patrick Bids to Make History at Indianapolis 500

Driver Posts Fast Time to Become Only Fourth Female to Qualify for the Crown Jewel of Racing

BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS), sponsor of the Indianapolis 500 defending champion Rahal Letterman Racing and the power behind, congratulates driver Danica Patrick on her continued success during her first start at the Indianapolis 500. Patrick posted a four lap qualifying mark of 227.004 mph, giving her a fourth place start for the running of the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Her lap time surpasses the sixth place start of Lyn St. James in 1994 and gives Patrick the highest starting position for any female driver in the history of the Indianapolis 500. Rounding out the formidable Rahal Letterman Racing contingent at Indianapolis are Vitor Meira, who will start seventh, and Kenny Brack, driving for the injured Buddy Rice.

Patrick's performance thus far at Indianapolis has continued a trailblazing career that includes a collection of impressive accomplishments and firsts. A former karting standout, at the age of 16 Patrick moved to England to fine-tune her open-wheel skills in the British Formula Ford ranks. In 2004, she placed third in points in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, including 10 top-five finishes in 12 races, and became the first female driver to win a pole position in the Toyota Atlantic at Portland. In 2003, Patrick was the first female to post a podium (top three) result in the 30-year history of the Atlantic series with a third place finish at Monterrey, Mexico. In 2000 she was the runner up in the renowned Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, which is the best showing for any American in the history of the race.

"With her incredible talent and striking presence, Danica brings a breath of fresh air to a sport that has been male dominated for so many years," said Stuart Gold, vice president of global forums and sponsorships, BEA Systems, Inc. "Danica has had a tremendous impact on the sport and the IRL IndyCar Series. She has seized the opportunity of the Indianapolis 500 to showcase for her talent and her unbelievable marketing appeal. BEA is proud to support Danica and Rahal Letterman racing in their team bid to repeat as winner of the Indianapolis 500."

Prior to Patrick, only three women have qualified to race in the Indianapolis 500, considered the Super Bowl of open-wheel racing in the United States. The pioneer was Janet Guthrie, who competed in three Indianapolis 500's during the 1970s and 1980s, followed by Lynn St. James with a record seven starts and Sarah Fisher with an impressive five appearances. To date, Guthrie's ninth-place finish in 1978 is the highest finish for any female competitor. All that could change with a top finish from Danica, one of the most talented rookies racing in the Indy Racing League.

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