NASCAR does things a little differently, kicking off their racing season with their Super Bowl equivalent – the Daytona 500. This year, second-year NASCAR driver Danica Patrick made a little history both before and during the race.
Patrick, who drives the #10 Go Daddy car (at this point, it’s hard not to know that Go Daddy is her sponsor), was the first woman to ever earn pole position for the Daytona 500. That means she ran the best lap time in qualifying prior to the race, making her the first woman in Daytona 500 history to accomplish the feat, and the second overall in NASCAR, following Shawna Robinson in 1994 during the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The sophomore NASCAR driver didn’t do too badly in the race, either – she is also now the first woman to have led the Daytona 500 (around lap 90), and was in position to make an even more impressive splash, running in third going into the last lap. She ended up coming in eighth, which, from her post-race interview, she wasn’t totally pleased with. Can’t blame her, but it’s looking like she has much better finishes ahead of her this year as the NASCAR Sprint Cup rolls forward. One last thing to build on – Patrick was able to remain in the top 10 for the entire duration of the race.
Via Yahoo! Sports