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Danica Patrick's mother enjoying the ride

Originally Published: May 27, 2011
By Brant James

INDIANAPOLIS -- She was working as a mechanic on her friend's Powder Puff snowmobile racing team in Grand Forks, N.D., when she was set up on a blind date with a competitor named T.J.

They married, settled down in Roscoe, Ill., and on March 25, 1982, they welcomed into the world a little fireball named Danica Sue. She went on to become quite famous.

An hour before Danica Patrick's dramatic Bump Day qualifying run that put her 26th on the grid for the 100th anniversary ...

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