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Danica Patrick has firm grip on Daytona

Updated: February 24, 2012, 4:33 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The handshake. That's the first thing you notice about Danica Patrick.

It's a firm grip, one you typically expect from a man -- or a "lumberjack," as a member of Patrick's tight inner circle described.

Patrick, if you haven't noticed from her magazine spreads, television commercials and the way her firesuit fits, hardly is a man.

"That's her calling card, that she isn't just some chick," Bobby Rahal, who in 2002 gave Patrick her ...

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