Happy Birthday, Danica Patrick!
Happy birthday, Danica Patrick! The trailblazing NASCAR driver turns 32 today and has spent the past 22 years building her legend on the racetrack. Patrick started racing go-karts when she was 10, and she quickly moved her way up the racing ranks -- eventually landing in England when she was 16 to race in the European developmental series. She moved back to the United States and signed with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2002, and her fame took root. In 2005, she became the fourth woman in history to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the first woman to ever lead a lap at the storied race. Her fourth-place finish was the best ever for a female competitor at the Brickyard. In 2008, Patrick made more history when she became the first woman to ever win an IndyCar race when she topped the field at the Japan 300. After splitting time between the IndyCar series and NASCAR, Patrick made the move to NASCAR full-time ahead of the 2012 season. She spent her first season competing in the Nationwide Series and a limited Sprint Cup schedule. Patrick switched to a full-time Sprint Cup schedule for the 2013 season and became the first woman to win the pole position in a series race at the season-opener in Daytona. Her eighth-place finish was the best result for a woman. While Patrick has yet to win a NASCAR race, she is one of the sport's most popular -- and marketable -- drivers. She has appeared in a record 13 Super Bowl commercials. Patrick had her best result of the season on Sunday with a 14th-place finish at Fontana.