Danica Patrick: First Woman To Lead Laps In Daytona 500 [VIDEO]
She totally rocked that!
Danica Patrick finished the Daytona 500! She was looking to finish 3rd place, but due to a last lap wreck she finished 8th. (Hey, at least she made it top 10!)
The winner of the Daytona 500 (for the 2nd time) was Jimmie Johnson. Patrick was the top rookie finisher and starts the season 7th in the points standings.
Earnhardt, Jr. was impressed. He said:
“She’s going to make a lot of history all year long. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch her progress. Every time I’ve seen her in a pretty hectic situation, she always really remained calm. She’s got a great level head. She’s a racer. She knows what’s coming. She’s smart about her decisions. She knew what to do today as far as track position and not taking risks. I enjoy racing with her.”
Honestly, 8th place is best for a woman in the Daytona 500. Patrick’s only mistakes were on the pit road where she got beat on the race back to the track and on the final lap when she was flying 3rd, but got passed by a few veterans and faded to 8th.
“I was in the top 10 all day long. So I can’t complain about that.”
Still, Danica Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in the 500!
Way to go Danica!!