February 27, 2013
Danica Patrick’s performance at the Daytona 500 was way more than just a few personal milestones. Yes, she became the first woman to win a NASCAR pole, while also becoming the first woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500, but even more impressive is the way Patrick overcame the critics and labels placed upon her. Danica legitimized herself as a racer, and in turn broke the mold for auto racing.
Now, aside from consistent performance every race, fans just want to see Danica do well. With that I give you four things Danica’s performance does for NASCAR:
1. A Good Role Model
Along with being a woman in a man’s game, she overcame many obstacles and bad critics to become what she is today. She didn’t let the sport define her whole career.
2.A Wider Fan Base
NASCAR is now for every kind of fan. The casual supporter, the hardcore enthusiast, and now even those who know almost nothing about NASCAR.
3. A New Reason To Watch
Much like Tiger Woods with golf, Danica is key to viewership of the sport not just at the track, but also on television.
4. A Legitimate Contender
Danica is no longer just a beautiful girl who can drive really fast. She doesn’t have to win every race, but being a mainstay in the top 10 is huge for the sport of NASCAR.
I was glad to see Danica get the monkey off her back. After a few tough seasons of racing she finally broke through. A lot of the critics against her seemed a bit premature. Everybody has bumps along the road; it’s the way you react to them that shows who you really are. It’s not about the car; it’s about the driver. Danica has proved herself in Indy and NASCAR. The fact is that the personal milestones Danica achieved this week speak for themselves. She changed the history of NASCAR forever.
April 27, 2012
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NASCAR 101: The Beginner’s Guide to NASCAR – An infographic by the team at Quicken Loans Racing