Danica Patrick became the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500, considered the Super Bowl of NASCAR, posting a lap of 196.434 mph Sunday.
In doing so, she also became the first woman to win a pole at any NASCAR top-division race, racking up another milestone in her barrier-breaking career.
Patrick, 30, is in her first full year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver. Last year she made 10 Sprint Cup starts, qualifying no better than 23rd. NASCAR says Patrick still qualifies as a rookie for the 2013 season, and she’s the first rookie to win the Daytona 500 pole since Jimmie Johnson in 2002.
What an amazing accomplishment for anyone in their first year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver, let alone a female! And at 30 years old, she has quite a future ahead of her. In 2008 in Japan Patrick was the first female to win a race in the open-wheel IndyCars, and she was also the first female to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500. I believe there will be a lot of history made with this top female driver, and I hope to watch her on t.v. making the record books!!