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Danica Patrick's NASCAR interests piqued long ago

Updated: June 15, 2012, 3:05 PM ET
By Brant James

It was an idea pitched over a beer and grill, in a couple of folding chairs between motor coaches in the drivers' lot of Chicagoland Speedway. Scott St. John was on to something that September night in 2005. It just took a while for Danica Patrick to get there.

Patrick was 23, in her first IndyCar season with Rahal Letterman, a mainstream sensation after finishing fourth and leading 19 laps as a rookie in the Indianapolis 500. She would win the pole at Chicago that weekend ...

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