Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Danica Patrick Takes Pole at Daytona

Really a challenge to write headlines about this that don't sound dirty

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Danica in one of her racing racy outfits

Danica Patrick is making history as the first woman to take the pole position at this coming weekend's Daytona 500 race.

She became the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500 — and a Sprint Cup event — on Sunday when the rookie posted a lap of 196.434 mph.

"Pride. I'm proud of all the hard work that goes into making a pole car," Patrick said. "I'm happy for them (the team). It was a fast Chevy. ... If you're anywhere but the front row, it's hard to see on race day. ... This just speaks volumes about Stewart-Haas Racing. I thought we were going to be 1-2-3 for a while."

The previous best starting position for a female in the Daytona 500 was 18th by Janet Guthrie.

Danica is quoted as saying,
“I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl.”

Go get 'em Danica!

Update: Danica finished 8th at Daytona, the highest finish for a woman at the Daytona 500.

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