Danica Patrick Biography

Danica Patrick is an American car racing driver and the first woman to win an IndyCar championship event. This biography of Danica Patrick provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

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Birthday: March 25, 1982

Nationality: American

Famous: American Women Women Sportspersons

Also Known As: Danica Sue Patrick

Sun Sign: Aries

Age: 36 Years

Born in: Beloit

Famous as: Racing driver

Height: 1.57 m

Spouse/Ex-: Paul Edward Hospenthal

father: T.J. Patrick

mother: Bev Patrick

religion: Catholicism

Net worth: $60 million

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education: Hononegah Community High School

Hobbies: Shopping, Exercise, Yoga, Cooking, Comedy Movies

awards: Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Athlete

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Danica Patrick is an American car racing driver and the first woman to win an IndyCar championship event. She is considered to be one of the most successful women auto racers and was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. Born in Wisconsin, her racing began at the age of 10 with kart racing in her hometown and after achieving national success in her teens, she dropped out of high school to advance her racing career. She traveled to England where she raced in Formula Fords and was placed second, the best-ever finish for an American in the event. Later, she returned to the United States and signed her first U.S. Indy-car racing contract. Subsequently, she qualified for the Indianapolis 500, becoming only the fourth woman to do so in the history of auto car racing. She became the first woman to lead the classic race and led a total of 19 laps, eventually finishing at the fourth position. She joined the Andretti Autosport team in 2007 and the following year, she secured the first big win of her career and became the first woman to win an IndyCar championship event. Apart from being a car racing driver, she is also a model and an advertising spokeswoman

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Danica Patrick
Childhood & Early Life
  • Danica Patrick was born on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin, to Terry Jose Patrick, Jr., a racer of snowmobiles and midget cars, and his wife, Beverly Ann. She has a younger sister named Brooke.
  • In 1992, at the age of 10, she began go-karting with her sister, in Wisconsin.
  • She was raised in nearby Roscoe, Illinois, and became a cheerleader at Hononegah Community High School while studying there. But, she dropped out of high school and attained a GED certification.
  • At the age of 16, she moved to Milton Keynes, England, in order to advance her racing career. During a three-year period, she competed in Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall, and was placed second in Britain's Formula Ford Festival, the highest finish by an American in the event.
  • In 1997, she was a guest of Lyn St. James at the 81st Indianapolis 500 where she met John Mecom Jr., a former winning Indy 500 team owner. John subsequently began following her career and arranged for her to take part in the Formula Fords in the U.K.
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Career
  • In 2002, Patrick made a deal with Rahal-Letterman Racing and achieved moderate success in the next two years. She was a consistent finisher on the podium but never won a race during that period.
  • In 2005, she competed in the Indianapolis 500 and finished fourth, achieving the highest ever finish by a female driver at the Indy 500. The same year, she also won her first pole position and became only the second woman to do so in the IndyCar Series.
  • In 2008, she was the winner at Twin Ring Motegi in the Indy Japan 300. Overall, she finished the 2008 IndyCar Series season in sixth place, the highest championship finish among American drivers for the season.
  • In 2009, she impressed everybody at the Indianapolis 500 by finishing at the third position in the event.
  • In 2011, she competed part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driving for JR Motorsports. She set racing history again, finishing 4th in the Sam's Town 300 Nationwide Series Race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • In 2013, she won the pole position for the Daytona 500 and also became the first woman to ever win a pole in a Sprint Cup race. She also drove for Turner Scott Motorsports part-time in the Nationwide Series.
  • In 2014, she became the second woman to earn a top ten at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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  • Apart from racing, she has also worked as a television host. She posed for the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’, and has also featured in advertisements and music videos.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 2005, Danica Patrick became the fourth woman to race in the Indianapolis 500. Her fourth place finish was the highest ever for a female driver and she led 19 laps of the race, becoming the first woman ever to lead the Indy 500.
  • In 2006, the ‘March of Dimes’ conferred upon her the title of ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ in recognition of her dedication and success.
  • In 2008, she became the first woman to win an IndyCar race and created history.
  • In 2013, Patrick won the time trials at the Daytona 500 and became the first woman to win the pole position at the famous NASCAR event..
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 2005, Danica Patrick married Paul Edward Hospenthal, a physical therapist who helped her in recovering from a yoga injury. After seven years of marriage, in January 2013, she filed for divorce.
  • In 2013, it also came to light that she was dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr., two-time Nationwide Series Champion.
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