DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 24, 2013
Danica came 8th in the 2013 running of Daytona 500 beating out her boyfriend who was placed 11th. She was born in 1982 and is the most successful woman in the history of American racing. Her earnings in 2011 were over $10 million USD.
She is the only woman to win a race in the IndyCar Series and holds the highest finish (third place) by a woman at the Indianapolis 500.
For the 2013 season, Danica drives the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing.
In 2013, Danica became the fastest pole qualifier to qualify since 1990 for the Daytona 500. Danica is the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, which was also done at Daytona.
With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy Car race. She placed third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, which was both a personal best for her at the track, and the highest finish by a woman in the event’s history. Patrick holds the IRL record for most consecutive races running at the finish. As of October 2, 2011, she had completed 50 consecutive races in the running (the next highest total in the record book is 32).
She had her best career finish of 4th in series on March 5, 2011, at Las Vegas Speedway—the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top-circuit. On February 17, 2013, Patrick became the first woman to win a pole position in Sprint Cup history, doing so for the 2013 Daytona event. During that race, Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap at the 500. She finished the race in 8th place.
How Did Patrick do for Most of the Race:
Patrick ran in the top 10 most of the day, and was running third toward the end of the race, but had trouble finding someone to commit to the low side and attempt a pass on Johnson.
Well done, Danice, you are proving that women can accomplish anything!