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Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

Driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

There are plenty of well-known athletes throughout the world, but those who command mainstream attention are simply known by one name. Babe, Wilt, Mickey, LeBron, Kobe, Shaq…and Danica.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports.

Patrick burst onto the scene in May 2005 when she stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500, becoming the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. One week later, she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first Indy car driver to be featured on the front page in 20 years.

Three years later, in April 2008, Patrick became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her victory in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan.

One of the most recognizable athletes in the world, Patrick has graced the cover of ESPN: The Magazine and TV Guide and was featured in pictorials in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in 14 Super Bowl commercials, more than any other celebrity.