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Danica Patrick Crossing The Line Of Women In Nascar

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Danica Patrick, is a name commonly heard when talking about women competing in sports. Danica Patrick became famous by trying to be the fastest driver in NASCAR. Even before Danica there has been a total of 18 women that have competed in NASCAR (yahoosports). Many of these women are never really talked about, but now there is a new one on the track, and she’s making history with each lap on her race called life. With every race there has to be a starting line which is one true statement for Danica Patrick.

Danica Patrick started her race we call life in 1982 March 5th, in Beloit Wisconsin. While Danica was growing up she watched her father T.J. Patrick race. When she turned 10 Danica and her sister began go kart racing. While Danica was in high school at Hononehah High in Rosecoe Danica did cheerleading. Also while still in High School in England she dropped out to pursue her racing career. ( Now she was going full speed to become the next woman of NASCAR.

The Common thought of a woman is a lady who says home and cooks, and cleans, and that’s all were good for. Well Danica didn’t find this track to be her race of life. “ You can do anything you want to do and gender doesn’t matter.” ( Danica Patrick) In 2002 Danica signed with Rahahl- Letterman racing, which gave her a little bit of a jump start in her career. In 2003 Danica placed 10th in The Pro Drive Ferrari Team. In 2005 Danica was the fourth woman to race in the Indianapolis 500. Soon following in 2005 Danica became the first Indy car driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated since Al Unser in 1987. Many of the top comepetitors in NASCAR were against Danica racing. While the other drivers were making smart remarks about Danica she was becoming Rookie of the year and being the first owman to win the Daytona 500 Time Trials. When qualifying for the Daytona 500 Danica got 45.817 seconds. And her top speed at 196.434 mph which is the fastest qualifying speed since Ken Schrader’s Chevrolet topped out at 196.515 in 1990. Being a woman in a male dominated sport, and never giving up and having 75 million people watching, and having 40% of them being woman helped get Danica noticed in NASCAR. “You can do anything you want to do, and gender don’t matter. You passion is what matters and that’s cool” (Danica Patrick)

Danica was a person that wanted to race. “I’ve never seen myself as a girl driver, I’m just a driver. (Danica Patrick) While Danica was being raised she was taught “to be the fastest driver not the fastest girl.” ( Danica Patrick) Danica also told people that they follow their passions and gender dosnt matter. Danica didn’t have people forcing her to do NASCAR she just wanted to do it because it was her passion and it...

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