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New initiative is giving female drivers a chance

Updated: May 21, 2012, 3:47 PM ET
By Brant James

Ashley Freiberg was signing away in a Star Mazda Championship autograph session at Barber Motorsports Park this spring when the question, innocent enough, but redundant, wafted from the crowd.

"Somebody asked me if I was the next Danica," Freiberg, 20, recalled of yet another Danica Patrick association. "And I said, 'No, I am the first Ashley.'

"And they said, 'Oh, you're the next Ashley Force?' ... Just because I'm a girl, you don't have to relate me to someone. To me a driver ...

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