by Carrie Adams
Florida Gets Faster
Some fast women are heading to Florida this weekend. And we are talking about the exceptional talent that will toe the start line in Miami for the upcoming Reebok Spartan Super in Miami, and we’ll preview them later this week. But there is another woman in Florida this weekend that will also be racing a short 300 miles North in Daytona attempting to break yet another record, though she’ll be driving a tricked out stock car. NASCAR’S Sprint Cup series is being kicked off in a big and historic way in 2013, and Danica Patrick is the woman leading the charge in true Spartan Chicked fashion… by beating all the boys.
Patrick who is no stranger to breaking records, came out swinging this year by winning the pole Sunday for the Daytona 500, the first woman to do so, and her most distinguished accomplishment since she joined the premier circuit of stock-car racing in 2010. Being only her second trip to Daytona, she’s fast by any standard and that’s being recognized.
Team owner and fellow driver Tony Stewart was quoted saying, “It’s never been done. There’s only one person that can be the first to do anything. Doesn’t matter how many do it after you do, accomplish that same goal. The first one that does always has that little bit more significance to it because you were the first.”
This is Patrick’s first year racing exclusively in stock car. And she’s been under pressure and delivered big in the past. She was the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. She was the first and only woman to win an Indy race, an accomplishment that she enjoyed in 2008. Known for her racy Go Daddy commercials and photo shoots, this driver is more than a pretty face. Dedicated, smart, and competitive she’s one of the more popular driver’s in the circuit but she’s focused on her performance.
In Fast Company
Much like the Spartan Chicked crew, that’s been around since August of 2011, girls are making waves in sports like never before. A 10% female showing in our first Spartan Race in 2010 we’ve grown to nearly 40% in 2013 and 200,000 of our half a million finishers this year will be female. With our own elite athlete females who are chasing down the men on the course and proving that gender is not a factor, we recognize fast when we see it.
“I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl,” she said. “That was instilled in me from very young, from the beginning. Then I feel like thriving in those moments, where the pressure’s on, has also been a help for me.” When asked about what is on the horizon she says simply, ”We have a lot more history to break.”
Go get ‘em girl. Good luck in Daytona.
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