Danica Patrick, first ever female auto racer
Danica Patrick, hovering between Indycar and NASCAR:
Danica Patrick, The most famous female race-car driver in America, has not yet made any decition whether she would choose Indycar and NASCAR. But it has become the need of the time to do that as since last February when Patrick made her Nationwide debut, she has gone back and forth between NASCAR and IndyCar, and the results have been as mixed as ever.
Wowest looking Patrick
Even more disheartening is that Patrick has just one career win between either circuit since she came into scene in 2005. In particular, Patrick's transition into stock car racing was a little bumpy, as she placed no higher than 19th in any of the 13 races she ran in 2010. However, things have been a little better so far in 2011.
Patrick in action
Patrick has finished in the top 17 three times in four races, the most notable of which was a fourth-place finish in the Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas back in early March. Because she is clearly making progress in her NASCAR career, many have speculated whether or not she would do away with IndyCar for good in the near future.
Patrick with trophy in 2005
This was the question she was asked on Thursday, and her answer left a lot to be desired. "I suppose anything is possible," she said, according to the Associated Press. "But I know for me, I haven't made any of those decisions yet."
Danica Patrick has broken several barriers, starting with the highest-ever finish by an American or woman in the British Formula Ford Festival. She is the only woman to race in both the NASCAR Nationwide and IndyCar Series. Patrick placed third in the 2009 Indy 500, the highest-ever finish for a woman. With the 2011 Indy 500 just a few days away, Patrick talked to Motor Trend about her cars and her commitment to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) awareness.
Danica Parick with driving suit
Danica Patrick in Brief:
Name: Danika Patrick, Auto Racer
Birth March 25, 1982 (age 29)
Father: T. J. Patrick
Mother: Beverly Patrick
Spouse: Paul Hospenthal
Sister: Brooke Patrick
2011 IndyCar Series
Curnt. team: Andretti Autosport
Car no. 7
Fmr. team: Rahal Letterman Racing
Best finish 5th in 2009
Awards: 2005, IndyCar Rookie of the Year
2005–2010, IndyCar Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
Car no. 7
TeamNo. JR Motorsports
First race 2010 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Top tens 1
Daily Driver: 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG (Danica's rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other car: 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo (rating: 7)
Favorite road: Highway 1
First drive in: 1997 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
First car bought: 2004 BMW 645ci convertible