Will Danica Patrick win Daytona 500?
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Will Danica Patrick win Daytona 500?

Daytona Beach : FL : USA | Feb 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM PST
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Patrick to Leave IndyCar Behind for NASCAR

Danica Patrick is in the limelight for the upcoming Daytona 500. Her fans and critics are already speculating her chances of victory. She has driven stock cars before, but not in the top ranks, so today’s race is being considered her debut.

Danica Patrick got herself into an accident on Thursday's qualifying race. Patrick talked about her accident very candidly and explicitly saying, "In IndyCars, you learn to take your hands off the wheel," "I was trained when there is no saving it and no hope, you let go. That's what I did. She further added, "No, I wasn't covering my eyes. But, yes, I did close them as I got to the wall. I didn't want my eyes to pop out of my head."

Most critics will exploit this accident and talk against her. In fact, her first full year in NASCAR will be scrutinized.

Patrick will be spending a pretty busy year. She has tried her luck in the last two years in the Nationwide Series and will run the full schedule this year for JR Motorsports. She will also make her Sprint Cup Series debut in Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, the first of 10 scheduled events this season for Stewart-Haas Racing.

So it’s pretty clear why Danica is pretty much everywhere on the media, especially ESPN. Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president of motorsports, reaffirmed this by saying, "Our coverage is in balance with what we believe the audience interest is.”

Danica Sue Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, being the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series as well as holding the highest finish by a woman at the Indianapolis 500 of 3rd place. She currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

In 2010, Patrick began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala for JR Motorsports part time. She also has an equity stake in her #7 team - which makes her a finically strong sportswoman. She had her best career finish of 4th in series on March 5, 2011, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and that happens to be the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top-circuit.

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Danica Patrick climbs into her number 10 Chevrolet for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Gatorade Duel #1 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach
Danica Patrick climbs into her number 10 Chevrolet for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Gatorade Duel #1 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach
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