Driver – #13
Danica Patrick will close out her motorsports career with one final race – the Indianapolis 500 with Ed Carpenter Racing. Patrick announced her intentions to finish her racing career by competing in two final 500-mile races. Dubbed the “Danica Double,” she participated in the 2018 Daytona 500 in February and has now turned her focus to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In addition to being the only woman to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Indy Japan 300 in 2008, Patrick brings an impressive resume back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She raced into the spotlight as the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. In seven attempts, Patrick has earned six top-10 finishes in the world-renowned race, qualified on the second row in 2008 and finished third in 2009.
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin
Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois
Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Top 5 Finishes: 20
Top 10 Finishes: 63
Laps Led: 124
First Start: 3/6/05 (Homestead)
One of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world, Danica Patrick joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports.
As she broke barriers and set records on the track, Patrick made a name for herself off the track as well. She was named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list, has graced the cover of ESPN: The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide and was featured in pictorials in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also appeared in a record-setting 14 Super Bowl commercials, 13 of which were for GoDaddy.
As a child, Danica Patrick tried a little bit of everything, from cheerleading to choir, T-ball, volleyball, basketball, track, tumbling and band. While she had a variety of interests, one thing stood out above the rest: her passion for racing. Patrick developed an interest in the sport after her parents bought her a go-kart when she was 10 years old. What began as a fun way for her family to spend more time together quickly blossomed into a career that would carry Patrick far from her childhood home in Roscoe, Illinois.
After winning numerous regional and national go-kart titles, Patrick left the comfort of family and friends in the Midwest when she was just 16 years old to compete in the cutthroat world of European road racing.
After racing at various levels in different racecars, Patrick burst onto the national scene in May 2005 when she stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500. With that performance, she became the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. Three years later, in April 2008, Patrick made history once again as she became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her victory in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan.
In February 2013, as Patrick transitioned to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, she made headlines around the world with her record-setting performance in the 55th Daytona 500 race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. She became the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying for the Daytona 500 and then finished in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.”
As Patrick’s NASCAR Cup Series career progressed, she continued to rewrite the history books. She broke the record for most top-10 finishes of any female in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2015 and holds the new mark with a total of seven top-10s to her credit. In May 2016, Danica became a three-time winner of the Monster Energy Fan Vote for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. She is the lone repeat winner of the vote in the event’s history.
In November 2017, Patrick announced that she would end her racing career with the “Danica Double” by competing in two marquee events that were cornerstones of her career: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. As she closes out this part of her professional life, Patrick’s focus shifts to her next chapter as an entrepreneur and business owner.
Patrick has already forged into new career territory. She launched a clothing line – Warrior by Danica Patrick – in 2017, authored the fitness book Pretty Intense and is the sole proprietor of a vineyard in California that produces Somnium Wine. With her time behind the wheel coming to an end, she will focus on turning her “side hustle” efforts into full-time endeavors.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Finished 10th in IndyCar Series points driving for Andretti Autosport with 10 top-10s, including a 10th-place result in Indianapolis 500 on May 29
– Extended IndyCar Series record to 50 races without a DNF (did not finish)
– Finished 10th in IndyCar Series points driving for Andretti Autosport with eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts
– Started 23rd and finished sixth in Indianapolis 500 on May 30
– Voted IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the sixth time
– Finished a career-best fifth in IndyCar Series points – the best points finish ever by a woman in the series.
– Scored 10 top-10 finishes driving for Andretti Green Racing, including a third-place result at the Indianapolis 500 on May 24 – the best finish ever for a woman in the historic race.
– Voted IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the fifth time.
– Became first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series by winning IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 on April 20 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan.
– Finished sixth in IndyCar Series points with nine top-10 finishes driving for Andretti Green Racing
– Finished outside of the top 10 at the Indianapolis 500 for the only time in her career May 25 after a pit-road collision with Ryan Briscoe on lap 171 that led to a 22nd-place finish
– Voted IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the fourth time
– Moved to Andretti Green Racing and finished seventh in points with 11 top-10 results
– Finished second Sept. 2 on the road course at Belle Isle in Detroit, tying Sarah Fisher for best finish ever by a woman in the IndyCar Series
– Finished eighth in rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 on May 27
– Voted IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the third time
– Competed in second full IndyCar Series season for Rahal Letterman Racing and finished ninth in point standings with eight top-10 results.
– Finished fourth July 15 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway and July 23 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
– Started 10th and finished eighth in Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
– Voted IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver for the second time.
– Made IndyCar Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 6, driving for Rahal Letterman Racing
– In just fourth career start, qualified second and led 32 laps en route to an impressive fourth-place finish April 30 at the oval at Twin Ring Motegi.
– Finished fourth in Indianapolis 500 on May 29, at the time the best finish by a woman. Led three times for 19 laps and passed eventual winner Dan Wheldon for the lead with 11 laps remaining, but was forced to give up the lead on lap 194 of 200 to conserve fuel.
– Qualified fourth, the best starting spot ever for a woman in the Indianapolis 500.
– Named Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.
– Won pole for races at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on July 3, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on Aug. 14 and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, on Sept. 11, tying her with Tomas Scheckter for most poles by a rookie in a season.
– Finished 12th in points with seven top-10 finishes and was named IndyCar Series most popular driver.