Driving with Danica

February 8, 2019
Danica Patrick gets ready to race.
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Not many women race cars. But racer Danica Patrick loves zooming around the track. Join TFK on a ride through her career.

Born to Race

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Patrick started racing cars at age 10. At first, she drove a tiny car. It is called a go-kart. Vroom!

Full Speed Ahead

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Later, Patrick raced larger, faster cars. In 2005, she drove in the Indianapolis 500. It is a famous race. She was the fourth woman ever to drive in it.

A Fan Favorite

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Patrick inspires women and girls all over the world. She has advice for young fans. “Just be who you are,” she told TFK. “And do things that bring you joy.”

Making History

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Patrick retired from race-car driving in 2018. But she will be part of racing history. She continues to inspire people today.

Did You Know?

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Meet Janet Guthrie. She was first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Guthrie drove in the race three times. The first time was in 1977.