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Because of Danica's success, girls can believe

Updated: March 15, 2013, 3:19 PM ET
By Brant James

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ella Gordon's father is somewhat of a big deal. A four-time Sprint Cup series champion, Jeff Gordon posed for pictures toward a bank of photographers in late February after qualifying second for the Daytona 500. But his 5-year-old daughter, standing nearby, had designs on a shot that didn't include him.

A few feet away, Danica Patrick responded to the posing requests of a larger throng of photographers clambering on the set of bleachers in Victory Lane. Long after ...

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