80 Facts About Danica Patrick

1. In 2005, Danica Patrick married physical therapist Paul Edward Hospenthal, whom she met at his office in 2002 when she was recovering from a hip injury she sustained during a yoga session.

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2. Danica Patrick has come under scrutiny from the media and fans throughout her career.

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3. Danica Patrick's has inspired many young girls' interest in motorsports, leading them to race competitively.

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4. Danica Patrick's won the legend award at the 2018 Kids' Choice Sports Awards.

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5. Danica Patrick's was voted the Favorite Female Athlete at the Kids' Choice Award in 2008, 2012 and 2013.

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6. Danica Patrick was the Harris Poll's favorite female athlete in 2008; she placed second behind tennis player Serena Williams in 2007 and again from 2013 to 2015.

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7. Danica Patrick said she is "an instrument of male and female fantasy, the sports pinup who grinds harder for feminism, day-to-day, than the great Billie Jean King ever could.

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8. Danica Patrick is a globally recognizable racing driver, often identified by her first name.

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9. Danica Patrick owns her own athleisure collection, called "Warrior by Danica Patrick".

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10. Danica Patrick owns her own brand of wine, called Somnium, which means "dream" in Latin.

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11. Danica Patrick's is the celebrity spokeswoman for DRIVE4COPD, an awareness campaign for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, from which her grandmother died.

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12. Danica Patrick voices the race car character Rally in Nickelodeon's Blaze and the Monster Machines 2016 animated series.

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13. Danica Patrick has appeared in a total of fourteen Super Bowl commercials, more than any other celebrity.

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14. Danica Patrick's was in a 2008 "inspirational, feel-good" GoDaddy commercial called "Kart" that features a girl who aspires to be like Patrick.

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15. That year, she published her autobiography, Danica Patrick: Crossing the Line.

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16. Danica Patrick has hosted several TV shows on Spike, including "Powerblock", and featured in the 2005 documentary Girl Racers.

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17. Danica Patrick was scheduled to test for Formula One team Honda in November 2008, but this was called off when the Honda team pulled out of the sport.

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18. In January 2018, it was announced that Danica Patrick would be reunited with longtime partner GoDaddy for sponsorship of the "Danica Double" and assistance as she moved on to her life as a business woman and entrepreneur.

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19. Danica Patrick's scored 511 points, putting her twenty-eighth in the drivers' standings.

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20. Danica Patrick finished the 2017 season with one top-ten, eleven DNFs and an average finish of 23.8.

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21. On November 17, Danica Patrick announced that she would step away from full-time racing after the season finale at Homestead-Miami, though she announced plans to compete in the 2018 Daytona 500 and 2018 Indianapolis 500.

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22. Danica Patrick's began her campaign with her best finish in any NASCAR Cup Series race with a fourth place at the Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona.

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23. Danica Patrick's was involved in a high-speed crash with Matt Kenseth at Talladega which necessitated a chest radiograph.

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24. Danica Patrick started at the back of the field for the season-opening Daytona 500 and finished 21st.

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25. Danica Patrick's had an average finish of 23.7, 2.4 positions better than her rookie year, with three top-tens and four DNFs.

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26. Danica Patrick had the best qualifying performance for any woman at a non-restrictor plate track when she put her car fourth on the grid for the Coca-Cola 600.

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27. Danica Patrick started twenty-seventh for the Daytona 500 and led briefly during the pit stop cycle before Aric Almirola clipped her, sending her car into a wall that lacked a SAFER barrier; she finished 40th.

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28. Danica Patrick's finished thirty-sixth and thirty-ninth after a respective engine failure and crash.

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29. Danica Patrick's started from the 22nd position and finished two spots higher than that.

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30. Danica Patrick simultaneously became the first woman to clinch the pole position for the Daytona 500 and the first female to achieve the feat in the Sprint Cup Series.

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31. Danica Patrick's was assigned teammate Ryan Newman's former crew chief Tony Gibson and his pit crew.

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32. Danica Patrick closed off her first full-time Nationwide Series season with four top-ten finishes, and placed tenth in the final points standings.

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33. Danica Patrick's finished 14th and 12th at the season's opening two races at Daytona and Phoenix International Speedway.

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34. Danica Patrick's finished 43rd in the drivers' standings, with 1,032 points in 13 starts.

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35. Danica Patrick's finished in sixth place after spinning early in the race.

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36. Danica Patrick came back down the track and then hit the inside wall.

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37. Danica Patrick placed tenth in the drivers' standings with 314 points.

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38. Danica Patrick's ended her season by equaling her best result of the season in the final IndyCar race at Homestead-Miami Speedway which enabled her to finish tenth in the drivers' standings with 367 points.

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39. At the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Danica Patrick set a new series record for the most consecutive races running at the finish with her 29th event passing without her failing to finish.

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40. Danica Patrick's took her best career finish in five attempts at the Indianapolis 500 by finishing in the third position.

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41. Danica Patrick recovered to finish fourth and fifth in the next two races of the season, at Long Beach and Kansas.

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42. Danica Patrick's placed 19th in the first race of the season, the Grand Prix of St Petersburg, after clashing with Raphael Matos while in ninth place.

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43. Danica Patrick finished sixth in the final standings with 379 points, the highest placed American over the course of the season.

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44. Danica Patrick's ended the season with three further top-ten finishes with a best of fifth at Infineon Raceway.

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45. Danica Patrick walked to Duno's pit stall, and confronted her before walking away.

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46. Danica Patrick closed off the year by coming eleventh at the season-closing Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, to place seventh in the drivers' standings with 424 points and eleven top-ten finishes.

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47. Danica Patrick's took her then best career finish with a third at the Bombardier Learjet 550, and improved on this result by clinching second at the season's penultimate race, the Detroit Indy Grand Prix at Belle Isle Street Circuit.

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48. Danica Patrick's opened her season with two top-ten finishes in the first four races.

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49. Danica Patrick came ninth in the final standings with 302 points.

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50. At the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick finished eighth after starting tenth.

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51. Danica Patrick's was named Rookie of the Year for both the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series.

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52. Danica Patrick ended 2005 with an 18th-place finish at California Speedway after a clash with Jaques Lazier, finishing her rookie season with 325 points and seven top-ten finishes.

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53. Danica Patrick's took two more pole positions at Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway to match Tomas Scheckter's record for the most pole positions in a rookie season.

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54. Danica Patrick took her first career pole position at the season's eighth race at Kansas Speedway, becoming the second woman in IndyCar Series' history to achieve the feat after Sarah Fisher in 2002.

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55. Danica Patrick's debuted at the season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, starting ninth and crashing out heavily, which led to her being hospitalized for a mild concussion.

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56. Danica Patrick ended the season third in points with ten top-five finishes in twelve races.

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57. In 2004, Danica Patrick competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series for the second consecutive year, becoming the first woman to win a pole position in series' history at the Portland International Raceway race.

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58. Danica Patrick placed sixth in the drivers' standings with five top-five finishes.

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59. Danica Patrick's improved on this by coming second in Miami at the year's end.

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60. Danica Patrick switched to the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2003, and was the first woman to race in the championship since 1974.

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61. Danica Patrick's took part in five races in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, placing 13th in points with a best finish of fourth at Molson Indy Vancouver.

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62. Danica Patrick's competed for Haywood Racing in Formula Ford and was Mygale's lead test driver.

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63. Danica Patrick's successfully persuaded her father to underwrite her career.

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64. Danica Patrick's moved by herself to England to advance her racing career and resided in the Buckinghamshire town of Milton Keynes.

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65. Danica Patrick's parents consented to her dropping out of high school midway through her junior year in 1998, and obtain a GED certification.

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66. Danica Patrick's ended up attending three driving schools, including Track Speed School at Sebring International Raceway and the Formula Ford driving school.

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67. Danica Patrick's was taught auto racing's business ventures, and her driving abilities were further refined.

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68. Danica Patrick's gradually improved her eye to foot coordination, allowing her to set numerous age track records at Sugar River Raceway and Michiana Raceway Park.

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69. Danica Patrick's was raised in Roscoe, Illinois, and was a cheerleader at Hononegah Community High School located in nearby Rockton in 1996.

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70. Danica Patrick has a younger sister, Brooke, a pediatric physical therapist.

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71. Danica Patrick was born on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin.

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72. Danica Patrick's announced her intention to step away from full-time racing after the 2017 season, but competed at the 2018 Daytona 500 and the 2018 Indianapolis 500 before officially retiring.

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73. Danica Patrick bested Janet Guthrie's record for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

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74. Danica Patrick's became the first woman to win a Cup Series pole position by setting the fastest qualifying lap for the 2013 Daytona 500, finishing eighth.

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75. Danica Patrick started in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012.

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76. Danica Patrick's placed a career-high tenth in the 2012 season standings and was the second woman to clinch a pole position in the Nationwide Series since Shawna Robinson in 1994.

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77. Danica Patrick began racing stock cars in 2010 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with her best result coming in the form of a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011.

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78. Danica Patrick's was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series.

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79. Danica Patrick's dropped out of high school with her parents' permission in 1998, and moved to the United Kingdom to further her career.

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80. Danica Patrick's is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race.

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