Having had the opportunity to sit down with Danica Patrick for her interview titled, Driving for a Cause last winter, Danica shared with us a childhood memory of her earliest experience racing. ““My first time in a go-kart was in a parking lot driving around in circles and my break petal fell to the floor sending me into a wall. I wasn’t smart enough to turn the wheel and just spin out. That was my first accident, but it didn’t scare me for some reason. From there, I got good pretty quick,” Danica cites.
But on February 24th, 2013, Danica Racing.com reported that the Go Daddy , NASCAR Sprint and Nationwide Series™ driver had the best finish ever by a female in the Daytona 500. As the first female to ever lead a green flag lap and the 13th driver to lead a lap in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, she finished in 8th place making history.
Long gone are the days of trial and error, as Danica manages to secure the pole position in a NASCAR race and isn’t a bad spot for the racer to find herself in. Given the historical news of Patrick’s pole position for the Daytona 500, NASCAR, Patrick and her endorsers, like Go Daddy, have much to cheer about. According to CBS News, when asked about achieving this milestone in her career she states, “You spend a lot of time thinking about what to do when the time comes,” Patrick said. “I kept asking up above what was working. You needed a hole, you needed people to help you out. I had a little bit of help today here and there, but I felt like if I was going to dive low, I had a feeling I was going to get freight-trained. … At the end of the day, it was a solid day.”
We couldn’t be more excited for Danica and her win! For more behind the scenes interview questions, take a look at our latest interview with racing’s leading lady here.