They Say She's Quick: A Look at the Life of Danica Patrick
It’s no secret that the past 70 years have seen a dramatic transformation in the roles women play in American society. The change began during WWII, when domestic factories were facing a critical shortage of the workers needed to build ships, tanks, and planes. Millions of ladies across the country traded in their skirts for factory uniforms, to provide the womanpower needed to equip the men fighting on the front lines. That was the birth of what today is called “female empowerment.” That movement is carried forward today by women like Danica Patrick, who reminds us that ladies have what it takes to excel in many of the roles traditionally reserved to men. You might want to thank her for the part she has played in this revolution – provided you can keep pace with her.
Danica was born March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin, the daughter of Terry Jose and Beverly Ann Patrick. She got her start in racing at the age of 10, when she competed in the go-karting events in Brodhead, Wisconsin. She later spent some time in England, where she raced Formula Ford before heading back to the USA. After that she moved up to IndyCars, winning the title “Rookie of the Year” in both the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar series in 2005. In 2008 she won the Indy Japan 300, making her the first woman to triumph in an Indy car event. In 2010 Danica shifted to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the number 7 GoDaddy.com Impala for JR Motorsports. On February 17th of this year she won a pole position for the 2013 Daytona 500. She has also won a number of other titles and honors, including Most Popular Driver in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series. When Danica’s not on the track she’s frequently seen doing charity work for a variety of causes, including Drive 4 COPD, an organization that helps victims of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Danica has come a long way in her short life, and for her 31st birthday we wish her all the best on the road ahead.