“Racing was my focus and my sole desire.” -Danica Patrick

“At only ten years old, Danica Patrick knew what she wanted to do with her life,” wrote Bonnie Hinman, author of Xtreme Athletes: Danica Patrick. Danica wanted to race professionally.

Danica Patrick raced in her first Sprint Cup Series race this week, the Daytona 500, the third woman in history to do so, according to Bob Pockrass of Sporting News.

Bryan Kalbrosky of the Bleacher Report wrote, “Patrick, a female racer in a predominantly male sport, has already accomplished something that no female has ever accomplished in another major sport. Baseball, basketball and football have never featured a woman at a mainstream professional level. By even competing in the Daytona 500… she has already won.”

Unfortunately for Patrick, she crashed into Jimmie Johnson at the beginning of the race. She finished 38th.

What happened won’t stop Patrick from striving to become the best NASCAR racer on the track. She told Pockrass, “I will learn from all these things and be better next time.”

Hinman wrote, “Still, Danica … [is] determined to prove that a woman can drive as well as a man, and that she could be a racing champion.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Danica Patrick, check out Xtreme Athletes: Danica Patrick by Bonnie Hinman (ISBN 9781599350793)

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