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Danica Patrick          

Female IndyCar & NASCAR Driver; Advertising Spokesperson

Danica Patrick burst onto the scene in May 2005 when she stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500-– becoming the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. One week later, Patrick graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first IndyCar driver to be featured on the front page in 20 years.

Three years later, in April 2008, Patrick became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her win in the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan. That victory set her up for her second Sports Illustrated cover just three weeks later, making her just the fourth racecar driver (Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Al Unser) to twice grace the cover of the famous magazine.

In 2011, Patrick continued to drive in both the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and finished 10th in IndyCar Series points on the strength of nine top-10 finishes, including a 10th-place result in the Indianapolis 500. Once again, she did not record a DNF, meaning that she had gone an IndyCar Series-record 50 races without failing to finish.

Patrick has consistently broken records for women in the industry as well as overall. She also was voted 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver by the fans. In 2018, Patrick closed out her time in racing with the “Danica Double” and competed in two marquee events that were cornerstones of her career: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. In 2018, she shattered another glass ceiling when she became the first female host of the ESPY’s – ESPNs Sports Award show, that aired live on ABC.

Moving into her next chapter, retired from racing, Patrick’s focus has shifted to her role as an entrepreneur and business owner. Patrick has launched the clothing line – Warrior by Danica Patrick, authored a book "Pretty Intense," and is the sole proprietor of Somnium, a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. In addition to these passion projects, she also continues to do inspirational speaking engagements and she plans to build upon these initiatives in the coming years.

Videos


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Undercover Lyft with Danica Patrick
added about 3 years ago
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Full Interview With Danica Patrick
added about 3 years ago

News


12 Questions with Danica Patrick

Our series of weekly NASCAR driver interviews continues with Danica Patrick, who returns to her home track at Chicagoland Speedway this week. Patrick grew up in Roscoe, Ill., which is about two hours from the track where she will race this weekend for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Danica is building on Martinsville successes

Danica Patrick’s transition to NASCAR over the last five years has been criticized by many, praised by some and her story has generally faded to the background as fans across the nation have grown used to Patrick as both a driver and a personality.

Danica Patrick could be the hero NASCAR needs

In case you haven’t noticed, NASCAR needs a new hero. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the cockpit temporarily and Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are about to be out for good.

Danica Patrick won't drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018

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