Dancia Patrick: No longer a woman, but a race car driver

Danica Patrick finished eighth Sunday at Daytona. (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick finished eighth Sunday at Daytona. (Getty Images)
Danica Patrick finished eighth Sunday at Daytona. (Getty Images)

Dancia Patrick made history at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks 2013. After becoming the first female to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole, Patrick led several laps under green flag conditions during the Daytona 500, becoming the first woman to do so.

“You know, honestly when I say that I wanted to lead at some point, it was just because I was disappointed I didn’t do it off the bat like I thought I should have,” Patrick said. “So it didn’t really have to do with being a girl and leading…I think a stat that I found more interesting is only 13 people, including me now, have led Indy and Daytona.  I thought that was a much cooler stat for me.”

Sunday, Patrick also accomplished another feat; Patrick showed she has the talent to be called a NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver. In her former races, Patrick had usually struggled. In 11 Sprint Cup series starts in 2012, Patrick’s best finish was 17 and she crashed out of two of those races. She never led a lap under green and was never a real threat for a win.  MORE>>>

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