Danica's Career Highlights
- Is scheduled to compete in full 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).
- Became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying for the Daytona 500. .
- Led laps 90 to 91 of the Daytona 500 under caution, becoming the first female to lead NASCAR’s most prestigious race. She also led laps 127 to 129 under green and became the first woman to lead a NASCAR race under green. Janet Guthrie led five laps under yellow in 1977 at Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway..
- Finished the Daytona 500 in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the event..
- By leading laps in the Daytona 500, Patrick joined an elite club of only 13 drivers to have led both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. The other drivers to accomplish the feat are A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Bobby Allison, Jim Hurtubise, Johnny Rutherford, Tim Richmond, John Andretti, Robby Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart. Of those 13 drivers, only Patrick, Foyt, Andretti, Gordon, Montoya and Stewart have led at least five laps in each race. .
- Patrick’s eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500, coupled with her six top-10 finishes in the Indianapolis 500, make her one of only 15 drivers to have top-10 results in each race. The other drivers are Foyt, Montoya, Gordon, Rutherford, Stewart, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Johns, Cale Yarborough, Dan Gurney, Donnie Allison, Jerry Grant, Paul Goldsmith and Tom Sneva. .
- The eighth-place Daytona 500 finish is Patrick’s best Sprint Cup finish to date. Her previous best finish in a Sprint Cup race came at Phoenix last November, when she finished 17th. .
- Became first woman to start a Sprint Cup race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, which opened in 1949. Impressive rookie performance bested those of some other name drivers in their Martinsville debuts, most notably, her team owner, as Tony Stewart finished 20th in his first Martinsville start (1999). Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson finished 35th in his Martinsville debut (2002). NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace finished 15th (1984). Dale Jarrett finished 14th (1984). Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 26th (2000). Kyle Busch finished 39th (2005). Matt Kenseth finished 21st (2000). Kurt Busch finished 37th (2000). Fred Lorenzen finished 24th (1956).
- Competed in full 33-race NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports for the first time and finished a
record-setting 10th in the season-ending point standings.
- The top-10 placing in Nationwide Series points made Patrick the highest-finishing woman in a major stock-car series
in 63 years, eclipsing the late Sara Christian's 13th-place finish in the Strictly Stock Series standings in 1949.
- Won the pole for the Nationwide Series season-opening race at Daytona on Feb. 25, becoming the first woman since
Shawna Robinson in 1994 to win a Nationwide Series pole.
- ecorded four top-10 finishes in Nationwide Series competition, with an average start of 14.9 and an average finish
of 18.8 throughout the season. Led six of 33 races, including a season-high 20 laps on the road course at Montreal's
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 18. Best finish of eighth came at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on April
13. She added a ninth-place effort at Bristol on Aug. 24 and finished in the top-15 in the season's final five events.
- Was voted the Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver.
- Ran a partial NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in preparation for a full-time Sprint Cup run beginning in 2013.
Made steady improvement during her 10-race run, culminating with finishes of 24th and 17th, respectively, in her
final two events at Texas on Nov. 4 and Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 11 after joining forces with veteran
crew chief Tony Gibson, who will guide Patrick's Sprint Cup efforts full time in 2013.
- Finished fourth in NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, the best-ever finish
by a woman in a NASCAR national stock-car series, topping a fifth-place run by Sara Christian in a NASCAR
Sprint Cup race in 1949 at Heidelberg (Pa.) Raceway.
- Led 13 of 100 laps in Nationwide Series race at Daytona on July 1 en route to a 10th-place finish.
- Scored one top-five, three top-10 and five top-15 finishes in 12 Nationwide Series races for JR Motorsports.
Average finish was 17.4, up from a 28.0 average finish in 2010 Nationwide Series competition.
- Finished 10th in IZOD IndyCar Series points driving for Andretti Autosport with 10 top-10 finishes, including a 10th-
place result in Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
- Extended IndyCar Series record to 50 races without a DNF (did not finish).
- Made stock-car debut in Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race Feb. 6 at Daytona, where she started
12th and finished sixth driving a car owned by Billy Gerhart.
- Nationwide Series debut came Feb. 13 at Daytona with 35th-place finish after being involved in multi-car accident
just past the halfway point.
- Competed in 13 Nationwide Series races for JR Motorsports, improving as the year progressed. Average finishing
position of first seven races was 31.1, while average result in last six events was 24.3.
- Started 13th and finished sixth in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Sept. 24 at Dover (Del.) International
- Finished 10th in IZOD IndyCar Series points driving for Andretti Autosport with eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts.
Started 23rd and finished sixth in Indianapolis 500 on May 30.
- Voted IZOD IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the sixth time.
- Finished a career-best fifth in IZOD IndyCar Series points –the best points finish ever by a woman in the series.
- Scored 10 top-10 finishes driving for Andretti Green Racing, including a third-place result at the Indianapolis 500 on
May 24 – the best finish ever for a woman in the historic race.
- Voted IZOD IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the fifth time.
- Finished eighth in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 At Daytona. Drove a Crawford Pontiac for
Childress-Howard Motorsports with co-drivers Casey Mears, Andy Wallace and Rob Finlay.
- Became first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series by winning IZOD IndyCar
Series Indy Japan 300 on April 20 at Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan.
- Finished sixth in IZOD IndyCar Series points with nine top-10 finishes driving for Andretti Green Racing.
- Finished outside of the top 10 at the Indianapolis 500 for the only time in her career May 25 after a pit-road collision
with Ryan Briscoe on lap 171 led to a 22nd-place finish.
- Voted IZOD IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the fourth time.
- Moved to Andretti Green Racing (now Andretti Autosport) and finished seventh in points with 11 top-10 results.
- Finished second Sept. 2 on the road course at Belle Isle in Detroit, tying Sarah Fisher for best finish ever by a woman
in the IndyCar Series.
- Finished eighth in rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
- Voted IZOD IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the third time.
- Competed in second full IZOD IndyCar Series season for Rahal Letterman Racing and finished ninth in point
standings with eight top-10 results.
- Finished fourth July 15 at Nashville Superspeedway and July 23 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
- Started 10th and finished eighth in Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
- Voted IZOD IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the second time.
- Made GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29, driving a Porsche
Crawford with Rusty Wallace, Allan McNish and Jan Lammers for Howard-Boss Motorsports. Team finished 24th
after a mechanical failure just past the nine-hour mark.
- Made IZOD IndyCar Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 6, driving for Rahal Letterman Racing.
Finished 15th after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 159.
- In just fourth career start, qualified second and led 32 laps en route to an impressive fourth-place finish April 30 at
the oval at Twin Ring Motegi.
- Finished fourth in Indianapolis 500 on May 29, at the time the best-ever finish by a woman. Led three times for 19
laps and passed eventual winner Dan Wheldon for the lead with 11 laps remaining but was forced to give up the lead
on lap 194 of 200 to conserve fuel.
- Turned fastest lap on the opening day of Indy 500 practice and went on to post top practice speed five times
throughout the month – more than any other driver – including Pole Day and Carb Day. Practice lap of 229.880 mph
on Pole Day was the fastest of any driver during the month and the fastest turned by any woman in the history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- Qualified fourth, the best starting spot ever for a woman in the Indianapolis 500.
- Named Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.
- Won pole position for races at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on July 3, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Aug. 14
and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sept. 11, tying her with Tomas Scheckter for most poles by a rookie in a
- Finished 12th in points with seven top-10 finishes and was named IndyCar Series most popular driver.
- Competed in second full Toyota Atlantic season driving for Rahal Letterman Racing and finished third in points.
- Scored 10 top-five finishes in 12 races.
- In June on the road course at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway, became first woman in Toyota Atlantic Series
history to win a pole position and went onto finish second in race. Runner-up result gave her the points lead, making
her first woman in series history to hold the top spot.
- Drove in first full Toyota Atlantic season driving for Rahal Letterman Racing and finished sixth in points with five
- Finished third at the road course at Monterrey, Mexico, the first podium result by a woman in series history. Bested
that finish by placing second later in the year at the street course in Miami.
- Signed by Rahal Letterman Racing to compete in five Barber Dodge Pro Series races and finished a season-best
fourth at the Vancouver (British Columbia) Grand Prix in Canada.
- Started on the pole and won the professional portion of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race at the Long Beach (Calif.)
2000 - 2001
- Competed in Europe and raced in the British Zetec Formula Ford series.
- Finished second in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival in 2000 at the famous Brands Hatch road course in
England, the highest finish ever for an American in the event.
1998 - 1999
- Moved to Europe and drove for two seasons in the British Formula Vauxhall series.
1992 - 1997
- Competed in karting and won numerous regional titles while also winning the World Karting Association Grand
National Championship in 1994, 1996 and 1997.