Danica Patrick
American racing driver and spokeswoman
Danica Patrick
Danica Sue Patrick is an American auto racing driver, model and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, being the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series as well as holding the highest finish by a woman at the Indianapolis 500 of 3rd place. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011. As of 2012 she competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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Stewart-Haas Racing sues Danica Patrick's sponsor for breach of contract
ABC News - 8 days
Stewart-Haas Racing has filed a $31 million breach of contract lawsuit against sponsor Nature's Bakery?after the company terminated its contract to pay $15.2 million a year to sponsor Danica Patrick?through 2018. The lawsuit, filed Friday in North Carolina state court, alleges Nature's Bakery terminated the three-year deal after one season, stating in a letter that Patrick had not sufficiently endorsed Nature's Bakery on social media and that Patrick's endorsement of a Six Star Pro Nutrition Protein Powder was a violation of a prohibition for endorsing competing products. Those claims are "a transparent and baseless effort to generate (fictitious) reasons to justify terminating the sponsorship agreement and withholding payments due SHR," the lawsuit states. SHR is asking for $31.7 million for the final two years of the deal plus additional fees for public relations services and production fees. Despite the lack of sponsorship -- Nature's Bakery did 28 races. ...
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Sponsor questions for Danica Patrick as NASCAR season nears
Yahoo News - 30 days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick wore an all-white Tax Act uniform to NASCAR's preseason media event Tuesday, raising eyebrows about her sponsorship situation with the season just a month away.
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Indy 500 legend: 'I'm really worried about next year' - Indianapolis Star
Google News - 9 months
Indianapolis Star Indy 500 legend: 'I'm really worried about next year' Indianapolis Star In a sporting society that savors its milestones, 100 holds a singular significance. It is a big, round, even number. It's a century's worth of stories, of characters, of change. It, too, is a century worth of staying power: An event doesn't survive 99 ... Danica Patrick fond of Indy 500 experience, but not ready to make new onesESPN Buddy Lazier still plugging away 20 years after winning IndyABC News Looking to sell Indy 500 tickets on the streets of Speedway? Police say think againFox 59 Miami Herald -Stanley Cup of Chowder -News Dispatch -RoadandTrack.com all 99 news articles »
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That Time I Took A Yoga Class With Danica Patrick
ABC News - about 1 year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick has a new crew chief for 2016 and what she calls a "fun vibe" around her race team. I asked her boyfriend, driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., if that has made her more relaxed away from the racetrack. "She's always fairly relaxed," Stenhouse said. "She does yoga for that. I sit on the couch." Patrick does, in fact, do yoga. She invited a few of us in the media to do a class with her Wednesday at a Daytona Beach studio, and let's just say some of us are hoping the video evidence is minimal. As we went through a litany of poses, stretches, handstands and breathing exercises, we rookies strained and groaned and quietly laughed at each other's lack of balance. And we all gained an appreciation for how fit and flexible Patrick is. And that was the point. Patrick is more out front this year in promoting her lifestyle of smart eating and regular exercise because healthier living is the message of her new primary sponsor,. ...
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Motor racing-Patrick part of women's movement in sports
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Lewis Franck DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, Feb 19 (Reuters) - When Danica Patrick burst on the IndyCar scene in 2005 there were few women occupying traditional male roles in sports but times have changed. "When I think back to my first Indy 500 I think how welcoming everyone was and cheering," the 33-year-old Patrick, who will drive in Sunday's Daytona 500 for the Stewart-Haas Racing team, told Reuters this week. Janet Guthrie broke the gender line in 1978, followed by Lyn St. James in 1992 and Sarah Fisher in 2000.
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Danica Patrick is limber yoga queen of NASCAR and Namaste
Chicago Times - about 1 year
DAYTONA BEACH – In terms of flexibility, Danica Patrick is a pretzel. I am a frozen popsicle. When those worlds collide, it’s best to keep the 911 speed dial on high alert for this intrepid columnist who took up Danica’s dare to do Wednesday morning yoga with her at Renew Yoga Studio on Beach Street. ...
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Danica Patrick's most memorable Super Bowl commercials
Fox News - about 1 year
GoDaddy no longer sponsors Danica Patrick, but with the Super Bowl on tap for Sunday, here's a look back on some of their best ads.
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Hallelujah, We'll Be Spared A GoDaddy Commercial At Super Bowl 50
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Remember GoDaddy's Super Bowl commercial last year? The one that showed us a puppy bouncing out of a truck bed and embarking on an Odyssean journey home, only to be scooped up and unceremoniously shipped off by a likely unethical dog breeder who'd just sold him online? Maybe you recall the Internet domain retailer's 2013 Super Bowl ad? The one featuring a slurpy makeout sesh between model Bar Refaeli and professional nerd archetype Jesse Heiman to promote its Neanderthalian "Smart Meets Sexy" campaign? (Yes, true to every harmful stereotype about women, Refaeli played the "sexy" half.) Or what about GoDaddy's completely nonsensical 2012 Super Bowl spot, in which NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and fitness guru Jillian Michaels paint "GoDaddy" and ".co" a couple times on a model's bare skin until they realize (silly women!) they hadn't covered her breasts? Or the company's half-assed 2011 ad showing Patrick and Michaels fighting the men forcing them, via legalese, to do a GoDadd ...
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Racing She-roes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When Bertha Benz went on the first long-distance automobile trip in 1888 (with her sons), the wife of Carl Benz (the Benz of Mercedes Benz) demonstrated that automobile travel was practical. Wide-scale adoption of automobiles followed her daring adventure (which she undertook without informing her husband). Today, women not only drive, they also race cars professionally. Match the race car driver with her accomplishment: ____ 1. The first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. ____ 2. In 2008, the first woman to win a major league open-wheel race in a North American Series held in Japan. ____ 3. The first woman licensed to compete by the National Hot Rod Association (1965). A. Shirley Muldowney B. Janet Guthrie C. Danica Patrick For over forty years, Shirley Muldowney has pursued her passions for speed and competition, which she discovered as a teenager. She raced in 1963 and 1964, but turned the racing world upside down in 1965 when she was l ...
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Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick get new crew chiefs for 2016 - FOXSports.com
Google News - about 1 year
USA TODAY Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick get new crew chiefs for 2016 FOXSports.com Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday that three-time champion Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick would have new crew chiefs for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. 532279227JC00051_NASCAR_Spr. Daniel Knost (left) will move off Danica Patrick's ... Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick to have new crew chiefs for 2016ESPN SHR makes Patrick and Stewart crew chief changes officialYahoo Sports (blog) Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart get new crew chiefs in Stewart-Haas shakeupSportingNews.com SB Nation -STLtoday.com -Nascar all 56 news articles »
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NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for two Sprint Cup races - USA TODAY
Google News - over 1 year
USA TODAY NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for two Sprint Cup races USA TODAY NASCAR sent a strong message about intentional wrecking Tuesday evening, suspending Matt Kenseth for two Sprint Cup races following his blatant wreck of leader Joey Logano during Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway. Kenseth will not be allowed to ... NASCAR suspends Matt Kenseth for 2 racesCharlotte Observer Cavin: Hey, NASCAR, Logano intentionally wrecked Kenseth, tooIndianapolis Star Matt Kenseth suspended two races for taking out Joey Logano; Danica Patrick ...SportingNews.com Yahoo Sports (blog) -ESPN -FOXSports.com -NASCAR.com all 287 news articles »
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Patrick to F1? Haas not ruling it out
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has no desire to fuel speculation but neither will he rule out entirely the possibility of Danica Patrick racing for his new Formula One team next year. "Don’t put anything in that Danica is coming to F1," laughed the Austrian, mindful of all the stories written since Haas Formula One confirmed they would be making their grand prix debut in 2016. "We’ve been down that path last year," agreed Haas, who nonetheless left no doubt that his Stewart-Haas NASCAR driver would be given serious consideration if the deal was right and she wanted to do it. Formula One has not had a woman driver start a race in nearly 40 years and Patrick, who nearly tested for Honda in 2008, has been through the rumor mill many times already.
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GoDaddy shifts away from NASCAR, Danica Patrick
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
The online Web hosting firm GoDaddy said Wednesday it is shifting its global strategy into a new gear, and dumping its longtime sponsorship of NASCAR auto racing. The move leaves race car personality Danica Patrick, the best known female IndyCar driver, without a primary sponsor for the first time since she signed with GoDaddy in 2007. "The move marks another milestone in GoDaddy's marketing evolution, in which the company is balancing brand awareness with a more personalized data-driven marketing approach while expanding its global footprint," the company said in a statement. GoDaddy, which operates in 37 countries and 17 languages, said it is positioning to fortify its presence in Asia and in countries where the brand is not as well known.
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Danica Patrick makes NASCAR history...and meat milkshakes?
Fox News - almost 2 years
Most successful woman ever.
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Danica Patrick Breaks Record With Most Top Ten Finishes For A Woman Driver
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Danica Patrick broke a record after placing ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway last Sunday night, Yahoo Sports reported. The race at Bristol was Danica Patrick’s sixth top-ten finish of her career in the Sprint Cup Series. Patrick’s finish at Bristol also breaks a tie with Janet Guthrie for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in NASCAR. Patrick said something about getting another top-ten finish and breaking her tie with Guthrie. “I’m always proud opt them – they’re not easy to get and by no means was it easy for Janet to get them… It does mean something for sure… It’s an honor and we hope we get a heck of a lot more of them.” Patrick’s finish was her sixth top-ten finish in 90 Sprint Cup Series starts, ESPN reported. It was also Patrick’s second top-ten finish in her last three races. In March, Patrick finished in seventh place at Martinsville. Patrick hit the wall and fell a lap behind twice. Patrick was able to get the lap back later when the caution came out. Patrick e ...
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Danica Patrick sets NASCAR women's record for top-10 finishes
LATimes - almost 2 years
Danica Patrick didn't win at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, but her ninth place finish was record-breaking nonetheless.
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Fox in The Fast Lane: Danica Patrick hoping for another strong finish
Fox News - almost 2 years
NASCAR takes a breather.
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GoDaddy Out to Lose Bad-Boy Image
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
By Shira Ovide and Telis Demos GoDaddy Inc. a decade ago used scantily-clad models to convince people to buy Web addresses. Now, as the company launches a $20-a-share initial public offering, its future depends on attracting entrepreneurs like Joymarie Parker.Ms. Parker, a 27-year-old marketing analyst, turned to GoDaddy in December to buy Web addresses for a project she calls Joblogues, and to run the online presence for the network of young professionals.While pleased with GoDaddy’s customer service, she has encountered technical problems with the service and is researching alternatives she believes may be more reliable for her business. Ms. Parker said she is glad to have found other options, and believes it is “inevitable” she will take her business elsewhere after her current two-year subscription runs out. Ms. Parker’s ambivalence shows the promise and the pitfalls for GoDaddy as it tries to navigate from Internet bad-boy to trusted small business partner. Customers recognize GoDa ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danica Patrick
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    In 2016, Patrick filmed a Lyft promotion video where she picked up Lyft patrons in a car with hidden cameras and drove them to their destinations.
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    On August 19, it was announced Nature's Bakery will be Patrick's sponsor starting in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 32
    On February 21, 2015, Patrick was hired by Fox NASCAR as a booth analyst for Xfinity Series races.
    More Details Hide Details She commentated the race at Michigan. She appeared in commercials for Secret deodorant in 2005 and 2006 until she was replaced by Rihanna in 2007. A spot for the Honda Civic Coupe features Patrick trying to avoid a speeding ticket. Patrick was featured in an ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" commercial, which showed then-anchor Dan Patrick towing her IndyCar due to a reserved space misunderstanding (the space in question being reserved for "D. Patrick"). During testing at Phoenix International Raceway, GoDaddy filmed a commercial with Patrick that has also aired nationally. During the same test, at the invitation of GoDaddy, Patrick met with Paul Teutul, Sr., and Mikey Teutul, and subsequently appeared on an episode of American Chopper. Patrick was also in a 2008 "inspirational, feel-good" Go Daddy commercial called "Kart" that features a young girl who aspires to be like Patrick. On February 1, 2009, Patrick appeared in two GoDaddy.com commercials advertised during Super Bowl XLIII. The Most Watched Super Bowl commercial of 2009, according to TiVo, was Patrick's "Enhancement" ad for GoDaddy.com.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    Patrick was rated as one of the top 5 overrated athletes on May 16, 2014 by CBS New York.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick is represented by IMG talent agency. Patrick has hosted several TV shows on Spike TV, including "Powerblock", and she was featured in the 2005 documentary Girl Racers. On the August 23, 2007, episode of Diggnation, hosts Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose shot live at Infineon Raceway, where they were treated to a lap around the track in the IndyCar Safety Car driven by Patrick. On April 24, 2008, Patrick was a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien on April 25, 2008. Patrick was featured on the cover of the June 6, 2005, issue of Sports Illustrated, making her the first Indianapolis 500 driver on the cover since Al Unser, in victory lane, following his upset fourth victory in 1987. After her participation in the 2005 Indianapolis 500, she was asked by Playboy to have her pictures taken to be published in a future edition of its magazine. She declined the offer, but she did participate in a "20 Questions" interview with Jason Buhrmester for the magazine's July 2007 issue. She had also previously posed for FHM, appearing in the April 2003 issue. She was on the cover of the September/October 2006 issue of travelgirl magazine and the October 2006 issue of American Libraries. Patrick appears in the February 15, 2008, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is featured in a four-page photo spread.
    In February 2014, during an appearance at the 8th annual Canadian Motorsports Expo, Richard Petty was asked if Patrick would ever win a Sprint Cup race. "Only if everybody else stayed home," Petty responded.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    In June 2013, during an appearance on NASCAR Race Hub, Kyle Petty called Patrick a "marketing machine" and asserted that "She's not a race car driver.
    More Details Hide Details There's a difference. The King Petty always had that stupid saying, but it's true, 'Lots of drivers can drive fast, but very few drivers can race.' Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs. She can go fast, but she can't race. I think she's come a long way, but she's still not a race car driver. And I don't think she's ever going to be a race car driver." Patrick responded by saying "I really don't care," while other drivers came to her defense.
    On January 24, 2013, it was revealed that Patrick was dating two-time Nationwide Series champion and fellow Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick is the celebrity spokeswoman for DRIVE4COPD, an awareness campaign for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, of which her grandmother died. key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class) key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) Season still in progress Ineligible for series points key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.) -
    Returning to Daytona, Patrick avoided a multi car crash and finished eighth in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400, which tied her best Daytona finish that she had in the 2013 Daytona 500.
    More Details Hide Details At Atlanta, Patrick attained a career-best finish of sixth, one place better than at Kansas. Patrick became the second woman to earn a top ten at Atlanta Motor Speedway beating Janet Guthrie who had a tenth-place finish at Atlanta in 1978, and tied Janet Guthrie's best finish for a woman in modern era for a woman on NASCAR's top circuit. At the end of the 2014 Cup season, she finished at 28th in the points standing, one position down from the previous year, although she finished with 89 more points than her rookie season. She also had an average finish of 23.7, 2.4 positions better than her rookie year. Patrick started off Speedweeks by finishing 10th at the Sprint Unlimited and avoided one wreck. While practicing in the 3rd practice section, she got turned around by Denny Hamlin and spun out. The damage was enough to send her to a backup car for the Budweiser Duel. At the 2nd Budweiser Duel, she spun out again from a bump from Denny Hamlin again with three laps to go, but was able to make a last lap charge with help from Kurt Busch to finish 10th, resulting in a 20th place starting spot. She confronted Hamlin after the race. At the Daytona 500, she finished 21st.
    At Kansas the following week, Patrick ran as high as third, battling Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Joey Logano and others for positions inside the top-ten, and finished a career-best seventh, one position better than her 2013 Daytona 500 finish.
    More Details Hide Details In qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600, Patrick was the fastest in the second round with a lap speed of, and qualified in fourth, the best by a woman at an unrestricted track. However, her engine blew up and left her with a 39th-place finish.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    In November 2012, Patrick announced on her Facebook page that after seven years of marriage, she and Hospenthal would be divorcing amicably.
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    At the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Patrick was not entered but participated in the Sprint Showdown, a race for those who did not win in previous races from the 2012 Coca Cola 600 to 2013 Bojangles' Southern 500 or past winners of the All-Star Race.
    More Details Hide Details The Showdown was won by Jamie McMurray and second place went to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who both advanced into the All-Star Race. Patrick finished ninth, but Patrick would also eventually advance into the All Star Race by virtue of the Fan Vote. Much like McMurray and Stenhouse, Patrick completed over 100 laps to finish 20th in her first All-Star Race. She went on to finish 27th in the final standings. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Rookie of the Year award, though. Patrick's Speedweeks in 2014 greatly contrasted from the previous year. Although her pole from the previous year's Daytona 500 put her in the Sprint Unlimited, she was part of a crash on lap 35 which saw her spin out as she tried to avoid a wrecking group of cars in the tri-oval that included Patrick's teammates Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick, as well as others like Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon. Just as Patrick straightened out her car, Stenhouse, who had lost his brakes, t-boned her in the driver's side, ripping the door panel off her car and spraying the underlying safety foam blocks all across the track. In Daytona 500 practice, Patrick and Stewart both blew engines. This saw both drivers have to change engines and start from the rear of the field both for the Budweiser Duels and the Daytona 500.
    At the 2012 AAA Texas 500 at Texas, she had her first lead lap finish, finishing 24th, last car on the lead lap.
    More Details Hide Details The following week at Phoenix, during a green-white-checkered finish caused by Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer's wreck, Jeff Burton sent Patrick into the wall in turn 3. Controversy ensued because despite her wrecked car leaking oil as it limped around the track, NASCAR refused to throw a caution flag. As a result, when the field came around for the checkered flag, a crash occurred as Greg Biffle tried to squeeze between Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, causing those two cars to hit the wall, starting a wreck also involving eventual series champion Brad Keselowski, Mark Martin, and Paul Menard. The rear end of Patrick's car was jacked into the air as Kurt Busch and Paul Menard slipped and collided with her. Race winner Kevin Harvick's owner Richard Childress was upset with NASCAR's decision not to throw the caution for Patrick's wrecked car, saying, "I'm really disappointed in the way the race was called. Kevin almost wrecked coming off of 4 the final lap. We take the white flag, she's coming down there, everybody could see what was happening. I just knew the caution was going to come out. And he Harvick races back around and almost wrecks and we lose a car Menard's and could have hurt a driver. So I'm just still a little upset about that last lap not being run under caution."
    In her fourth Cup start, the 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, Patrick was running strong before she was crashed on lap 436 by Regan Smith.
    More Details Hide Details She responded by wagging her finger at Smith as he drove by under caution. The incident was ranked among Sports Illustrated's top 50 sports moment photos for 2012, overshadowing an earlier incident on lap 333 when Tony Stewart had thrown his helmet at Matt Kenseth's hood. Patrick finished 29th in this race and at the AdvoCare 500 the following week at Atlanta. She finished in 25th place at Chicagoland, and 28th at Dover. At Kansas, Patrick finished in 32nd place after trying to wreck Landon Cassill in Turn 2 on Lap 156, but ended up wrecking herself instead.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    On November 4, 2011, in a press conference at Texas Motor Speedway, it was revealed that Patrick will be driving the #10 (Robby Gordon would not give up ownership of the #7) car for Tommy Baldwin Racing, in an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing, sharing the car with David Reutimann.
    More Details Hide Details For Patrick's starts, the team would utilize Hendrick engines, while using both ECR and Pro Motor engines for Reutimann. In addition, Tony Stewart's former Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Greg Zipadelli was announced as crew chief for Patrick's Cup Series starts, however TBR owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. ended up serving as Patrick's crew chief for multiple races. Patrick was guaranteed a spot at the Daytona 500 because TBR moved its top-35 owner points from the #36 driven by Dave Blaney to the new #10. At Speedweeks, Patrick qualified for the inside line in the first Gatorade Duel qualifying race. Her run was marred when she smashed almost head-on into an inside wall on the back straightaway on the last lap after Aric Almirola got into Jamie McMurray, sending Almirola into Patrick's car. Tony Stewart won the duel ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.. At the Daytona 500, Patrick's chances of being in contention ended quickly when she crashed on lap 2 with Jimmie Johnson, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, and Trevor Bayne. She finished 38th. In her second race, the Southern 500 at Darlington, she started 38th and finished 31st. This was followed by a 30th-place finish at the Coca-Cola 600.
    On March 5, 2011, Patrick finished 4th in the Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and becoming the highest-finishing female driver in NASCAR history.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick mentioned in the post-race interview that her goal was to get a top 10 finish. On July 7, Patrick finished 10th in the Subway Jalapeño 250 at Daytona after leading a total of 13 laps during the race before being involved in an incident coming to the checkered flag on the last lap of the race. In 2012, she won the pole for the DRIVE4COPD 300 in February, only the second woman to do so in NASCAR history, the first being Shawna Robinson in a Busch Series event in 1994. Patrick closed out her first full-time season with one pole, four top 10's, and a 10th place points position. In 2013, in addition to her full-time Sprint Cup ride, Patrick drove for Turner Scott Motorsports part-time in the Nationwide Series.
    Patrick and her sponsor GoDaddy.com announced on August 25, 2011 that Patrick will be leaving the IndyCar Series to compete in the Nationwide Series full-time for JR Motorsports in 2012, as teammate to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cole Whitt.
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    In 2011, she ran a K&N Pro Series East race, posting her first top 10 finish (6th) at Dover.
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    Because this was the year of the 2011 IndyCar World Championships tragedy that claimed Dan Wheldon's life, Kentucky was the last race in which Patrick was able to edge out Helio Castroneves for 10th in the points championship.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of just 19 cars that escaped the 15-car-wreck in that race. She showed a lot of emotions upon asking about Dan Wheldon. Patrick announced that she would no longer be driving full-time in the IndyCar Series after this season and would focus her full attention to driving stock cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Her first competitive stock car experience was driving the #7 Chevrolet in an ARCA race on February 6, 2010, at Daytona International Speedway, in which she finished in sixth place.
    On May 21, due to unexplainable team-wide flaws with the cars, Patrick, along with the rest of her full-time teammates would fail to qualify for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, forcing them all to have to attempt to qualify on the following day for the last nine positions in the race.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being one of the fastest in the following morning's practice, when it came time for qualifying, her car failed tech, and she was thus placed in the back of the qualifying line. She would almost be denied an opportunity for a qualifying attempt because it started to rain. The rain stopped just in time for her to make a qualifying effort that put her safely in the race, qualifying 26th. On the day of the race, May 29, she would start in 25th because of Ryan Hunter-Reay being reinstated into the race and starting in the back of the field. Despite strong showings in a car she was struggling with getting speed out of throughout the race and eventually taking the lead, she began to run out of fuel and this would cost her the win, causing her to finish 10th.
    Patrick would return for the 2011 IndyCar Series season driving again for Andretti Autosport, as well as competing part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driving for JR Motorsports, sponsored by GoDaddy.com in both.
    More Details Hide Details In the season opener at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Patrick started in 19th and finished 12th after sustaining front wing damage and having to pit for a replacement twice, first after being hit by Ana Beatriz, and later in a similar incident by Justin Wilson. She was also penalized for "avoidable contact" with J.R. Hildebrand, putting her back by one position. In the second race of the season that took place at Barber Motorsports Park, Patrick would have a strong run starting from 22nd position, working her way up to 7th; however, unfortunate pit strategy involving her tires not being changed over would cause her to finish 17th instead. In her third race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Patrick started 20th and finished 7th, moving up 13 positions, more than anyone else in the race.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    Patrick made her acting debut in the February 10, 2010, episode of CSI: NY where she played a racing driver suspected of murder.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick also voiced herself in The Simpsons episode "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window? ". On September 3, 2013, Patrick appeared on the Food Network's competitive cooking show Chopped for charities. She defeated three other celebrities to win the competition for COPD. She drove the 1969 Camaro SS in the music video for "Fastest Girl in Town", a single by American recording artist Miranda Lambert. Patrick also appeared in Colt Ford's music video for "Drivin' Around Song" with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as well as Jay-Z's music video "Show Me What You Got," where she drove a Pagani Zonda Roadster. Patrick was shown in Marie Claire magazine's "The 8 Greatest Moments for Women in Sports". Patrick can be seen in award winning corporate training videos Four Weeks In May and T.E.A.M.W.O.R.K.
    Patrick drove a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports and sponsor GoDaddy.com. She made her series debut at Daytona on February 13, 2010, which ended when Patrick was caught up in a 12-car accident off turn 4 on lap 68 (Patrick's owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. flipped over in a violent crash on the back straightaway on lap 92 of the same race after contact from Brad Keselowski).
    More Details Hide Details She started 15th and finished 35th. Patrick started her second Nationwide race on February 20 in the Stater Brothers 300 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California from 36th place and finished in 31st place in the JR Motorsports Chevrolet. She did not qualify for the race on speed but invoked a provisional to make the grid. In her third Nationwide race, Patrick finished 36th when she crashed into Michael McDowell, her 2nd DNF in 3 races. Her next Nationwide race in June resulted in a 30th-place finish. At the Chicagoland race she finished 24th, two laps down. At the final race on November 20, Patrick set her best 2010 Nationwide Series result, finishing 19th in the Ford 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. After making 13 Nationwide Series starts, Patrick finished the season 43rd overall in the point standings.
    The 2010 season would also see Patrick participating in the Drive4COPD campaign along with Patty Loveless, Bruce Jenner, Michael Strahan, and Jim Belushi.
    More Details Hide Details The team is working as part of a multi-year initiative to bring awareness of the dangers of COPD (which includes Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema), the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. today.
    During the 2010 season, Patrick set the Indycar Series record for consecutive races finished running, having finished every race of the 2010 season as well as all but the first race of the 2009 season, for a total of 33 races.
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    The 2010 Indianapolis 500 got off to a rough start for Patrick when difficulties with the car setup led her to publicly removing blame from herself for poor qualifying results.
    More Details Hide Details Her comments that the car was "absolutely awful" and that "it's not my fault," led the crowd to boo Patrick loudly as they took it as her blaming her team and not taking any responsibility for a disappointing session. Patrick was also booed during driver intros. Despite starting in 23rd position, Patrick moved up 17 positions to finish in 6th. Patrick's top finishes of the season came at Texas and Homestead-Miami. She finished in 2nd place in both races, making it the first season since 2007 in which she had placed on the podium in multiple races during a season. She finished 10th in the championship points for the season, moving just 6 points ahead of Justin Wilson during the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    The 2010 season saw Patrick returning to drive with the newly renamed Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series, as well as a limited schedule with JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
    More Details Hide Details She would be sponsored by GoDaddy.com in both series.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    In late 2009, the stillborn American F1 team US F1 allegedly considered testing Patrick for a potential drive in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details However, she stated that she was not contacted by anyone from the team, and that she had no plans to leave the IndyCar Series for Formula One at the time. After the announcement of the return of Formula One to the USA in 2012, Formula One executive Bernie Ecclestone said that "to have someone like Danica Patrick in F1 would be a perfect advert." Following her IndyCar win at Twin Ring Motegi, Patrick was praised by many drivers, including Tony Stewart, who said "I think obviously she's got talent; she's been successful in every form of racing she's been in so far and I don't see why she wouldn't be successful here NASCAR." In May 2005, a day before the running of the 89th Indianapolis 500, Robby Gordon claimed that Patrick's comparatively low body weight constitutes an unfair advantage.
    Patrick had the best finish of the Andretti Green team moving up 12 positions to finish 6th, putting her only three points behind Castroneves for the 4th position in the 2009 points championship.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick finished the season 5th overall in the point standings, her highest finish to date. This 5th-place finish was not only the highest of any of the Andretti Green Racing drivers, but of any non-Penske or Ganassi driver for the 2009 season. It was also the highest finish by an American driver in 2009.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    During the offseason following the 2008 racing year, Patrick made her second appearance in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2009, teamed with Casey Mears, Andy Wallace, and Rob Finlay.
    More Details Hide Details On May 24, Patrick raced at the Indianapolis 500. She finished third behind winner Helio Castroneves and second-place Dan Wheldon. It was her best finish in five attempts, one spot better than her 2005 finish, and a new record high finish for a female driver in the race. The following weekend in Milwaukee Patrick raced to 5th position at the flag. On June 6, she finished the Bombardier Learjet 550 in 6th place, dropping her to fifth place in the IndyCar Series point standings. Patrick began the season with the Motorola sponsorship from her previous two seasons with AGR; however, her car was rebranded for Boost Mobile following the Kansas race. The changes were made public with a drive down the tarmac at the Indianapolis International Airport. In what was a difficult Honda Indy Toronto qualifying and practice for the entire Andretti Green team, Patrick started the race in the 18th position (her teammates also starting in the rear of the field in 17th, 20th, and 22nd).
    Overall, she finished the 2008 IndyCar Series season in sixth place — the highest championship finish among American drivers for the 2008 season.
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    Patrick and Briscoe were called to the IndyCar hauler, where they were fined $100,000 and placed them on probation after the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details Following Indy, Patrick finished 9th at Milwaukee and 10th at Texas, with both races ending under yellow flag conditions. At Iowa and Richmond, she stayed out of the many crashes during these races. At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, she had an incident with Milka Duno in practice. Patrick walked to Duno's pits and confronted her before walking away. She finished 6th in each event.
    During the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2008, she retired from the race early after a collision in the pitlane.
    More Details Hide Details As Ryan Briscoe exited his pitbox, the two cars collided, damaging Patrick's left rear suspension and eliminating both from the race. After being pushed back to her own pit, Patrick left her car and headed down pit road towards Briscoe's pit at which point IMS security intervened, preventing an on-track confrontation.
    During practice for the 2008 Indianapolis 500, Patrick's car struck a member of Dale Coyne Racing's pit crew when she came into the pits on May 9.
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    Patrick won at Twin Ring Motegi in the Indy Japan 300 on April 20, 2008, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race, joining the ranks of drag racer Shirley Muldowney, who won three NHRA Top Fuel Championships, as a "first female" winner in the top tier of American motorsports.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick took the win after the race leaders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps. She finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Hélio Castroneves. Her team owner, Michael Andretti, commented, "I'm thrilled for her that the monkey is finally off of her back." A mechanical problem late in the race RoadRunner Turbo 300 at Kansas Speedway forced Patrick to retire early from the race.
    To begin the 2008 season, her second with Andretti Green Racing, Patrick scored her best career Homestead finish of 6th.
    More Details Hide Details She followed that up with another top 10 by scoring a 10th-place finish at St. Petersburg.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    For the 2007 season as a whole, Patrick scored her first three career podium finishes to finish with 4 top 5's and 11 top 10's while leading 17 laps on the season.
    More Details Hide Details She also scored her career best championship points finish of 7th with 424 points.
    Patrick had bad luck again at Michigan International Speedway, where in previous years she retired early due to fuel and other problems. In 2007, a flat tire late in the race forced Patrick to pit and dropped her to finish 7th.
    More Details Hide Details Her bad luck continued at Kentucky, and she ran in the lead group all night and appeared to be heading towards another podium finish when, with fewer than 50 laps to go, she spun out while leaving the pit road. After restarting from that spin, a rear tire on Patrick's car blew out, which caused a crash and forced her to retire from the race. Her luck got a little better at Infineon, where she ran in the top 10 and finished 6th. However, a series of slow pit stops kept her from what could have been an even better finish. At Belle Isle, Patrick started 11th and was involved in two accidents from which she was able to restart without damage. She eventually drove to the front and lead 9 laps of the race before falling back after having to pit. On the final lap, while Patrick was running in 5th, Buddy Rice, Scott Dixon and teammate Dario Franchitti were involved in an accident immediately in front of her. Patrick was able to avoid the crash and finish in second place, which was a career high in the IndyCar Series and tied her with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver Sarah Fisher for best finish in IndyCar racing by a female.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    On July 25, 2006, Patrick announced she had signed a deal to drive for Andretti Green Racing, replacing Bryan Herta in the number 7 Dallara Honda car beginning in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Sponsorship came from Motorola, XM radio and Go Daddy. In Patrick's first race with Andretti Green Racing at Homestead on March 24 she finished 14th after crashing into the pit wall on lap 154. She finished 8th at St. Pete and 11th at Japan. At Kansas she had her best finish of the year at that point, finishing 7th. Patrick ended up starting and finishing eighth in the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500. She ran as high as 2nd to Tony Kanaan after the mid-race rain delay. After a pit stop, she dropped back in the field. Patrick was working her way back to the front until the race was ended under the caution caused by Marco Andretti's accident due to the subsequent rain on lap 166. At Milwaukee, Patrick started second to last but moved quickly to 5th before there was contact between her car and that of Dan Wheldon. Patrick managed to keep the car from hitting anything but the collision caused aerodynamic damage. She used a caution to regain the lead lap and finish 8th. After the race, she and Wheldon had a heated exchange in which she tried to confront him about the collision.
    Patrick competed in the 2006 IndyCar Series season giving her another chance at qualifying and racing in the Indianapolis 500.
    More Details Hide Details In the first race of the season, the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead, Patrick qualified third behind the Penske Racing teammates of Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. However, tragedy struck as RLR teammate Paul Dana was killed in a crash during practice the morning of the race. Patrick and Buddy Rice withdrew from the race immediately. The two resumed their 2006 IndyCar campaign with the second race of the year at St. Petersburg. At the Indy 500, Patrick started eighth and finished eighth. After Watkins Glen, RLR switched to the Dallara chassis and the team struggled to adapt. Patrick struggled to remain competitive, but her fourth-place finishes at Nashville and Milwaukee tied her career best IndyCar finishes. At Michigan, Patrick's car ran out of fuel with three laps to go and she fell to 17th. She rebounded at Kentucky and Infineon to finish 8th in both races.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    During the offseason following the 2005 racing year, Patrick competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona along with Rusty Wallace in January 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The car did not finish and they ended the race in 50th place. Robby Gordon has claimed that Patrick's comparatively low body weight constitutes unfair competition due to the inverse proportionality of the combined mass of a car and its driver, and its maximum velocity.
    She was named Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season.
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    In 2005, Patrick finished 12th in the IndyCar Series championship, with 325 points.
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    On August 13, 2005, she won her second pole at Kentucky Speedway, although this time, rain prematurely ended qualifying and position was determined by speeds achieved during practice.
    More Details Hide Details She took a third pole at Chicagoland Speedway which tied her with Tomas Scheckter's record for number of pole positions earned in a rookie season.
    On July 2, 2005, Patrick won her first pole position, leading a 1–2–3 sweep by Rahal Letterman Racing at Kansas Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details She became the second woman to accomplish this feat in the IndyCar Series, the first being Sarah Fisher in 2002 at Kentucky Speedway.
    On lap 194, eventual race winner and 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon passed her as she was forced to slow in order to conserve fuel.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick was subsequently passed by both Bryan Herta and her teammate Vitor Meira. Patrick's fourth place was the highest ever finish for a female driver at the Indy 500, besting the previous record of ninth set by Janet Guthrie in 1977. Patrick led 19 laps overall.
    On May 29, 2005, Patrick became the fourth woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500, following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher.
    More Details Hide Details As of 2012, Patrick joins Guthrie as one of only two women to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. After posting the fastest practice speed of the month during the morning practice session on the first day of qualifications (May 15), she made an error in the first turn of her first qualifying lap, and failed to capture the pole position, which went to Tony Kanaan. Patrick's fourth starting position, however, was the highest ever attained for the race by a female driver. Patrick became the first female driver to lead the race at Indianapolis, first when acquiring it for a lap near the mark while cycling through pit stops, and late in the race when she stayed out one lap longer than her rivals during a set of green-flag pit stops. Patrick overcame two crucial errors to finish fourth, the same position she started in. Patrick's car stalled in the pits about halfway through the race, dropping her to the middle of the field; and shortly after reclaiming a spot in the top 10, Patrick spun on a caution period just before an intended green flag leading to a four car accident. The accident caused damage to Patrick's car that was limited to the nose and front wing. Her pit crew promptly made repairs, and due to the subsequent yellow, Patrick was able to rejoin the field, losing only one position.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    After the 2004 racing season, Rahal Letterman Racing officially announced that Patrick would drive in the IRL IndyCar Series for 2005.
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    In 2004 Patrick finished third in the Championship.
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  • 2003
    Age 20
    After making several starts in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, she moved to the Toyota Atlantic Championship for 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick won one pole position and was a consistent podium finisher (top three); however, she never won a race.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 19
    In 2002 Patrick started driving for Rahal Letterman Racing in the United States.
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  • 1997
    Age 14
    After attending the women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy, she was a guest of Lyn St. James at the 1997 Indianapolis 500 and was introduced to John Mecom Jr., a former winning Indy 500 team owner, who began following her career and arranged for her to go to the U.K. to race Formula Fords.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 16 she moved to Milton Keynes, England, in order to advance her racing career, racing in British national series events against drivers including future Formula One world champion Jenson Button. During a three-year period she raced in Formula Ford, Formula Vauxhall and earned a second-place in Britain's Formula Ford Festival, the highest finish by an American in the event.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 9
    Patrick began go-karting in 1992 at the age of 10 at the Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, Wisconsin.
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  • 1982
    Born
    Born on March 25, 1982.
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