NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick Makes History! (VIDEO)
Danica Patrick made racing history on Sunday, becoming the first woman to win the pole position for the 2013 Daytona 500 to be held Sunday February 24th, in just her second season of racing NASCAR after years as an IndyCar driver.
"I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl," Patrick, 30, told CBS News. "That was instilled in my from very young, from the beginning.
"I've been lucky in my career to be with good teams and have good people around me," Patrick said. "I don't think any of it would have been possible without that."
Patrick started in eighth position in qualifying rounds on Sunday, clocking her fastest lap at 196.434 mph in her No. 10 Chevrolet SS at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Two hours and 37 other competitive drivers later, her time remained on top, letting her start the race, set for Feb. 24, in the most-coveted position, the pole.