Danica Patrick
Talks To SheKnows

Danica Patrick is used to blazing trails in the racing industry, first in IndyCar and now with NASCAR. We sit down with the 31-year-old racer to talk about her career — and get tips we can translate to our own careers.

Danica Patrick interview

SheKnows: You made history this February by becoming the first woman to win a NASCAR pole position at the Daytona 500. How big of a moment was it for you in your career?

Danica Patrick: It was a very cool moment. I got a lot of recognition for it, but it was nice to get a moment to talk about all the people that it took to help me get there. Just a really nice moment.

SK: Was it a validating moment in your career?

DP: Someone said, "Did you realize you're the first [woman] on the pole?" and I didn't know. I usually don't know about any statistics until I break them.

SK: A lot of young women look up to you as someone who has been a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry. What advice do you have for other women who are venturing on their own career paths?

DP: The most important thing is to find something that you love to do... find out what it is that you love. You can make a job out of anything, but if you have the passion you'll follow through in the way you need to be a success. Those who don't have [the passion] are the ones that quit early or don't follow through on their dreams. It takes time.

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Also, always be true to yourself so you have more confidence to deal with any odds that are stacked against you. I use that as a guideline so I don't do anything I'm not comfortable with. I always stay true to who I am and only do things that are an extension of my personality, whether that's a photo shoot, a race, a commercial, or even a video game.

SK: Speaking of video games, tell me about your role in the new Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

DP: We worked on it last year and it was a lot of fun. I've never really done anything like it before and it was a lot of fun to be a part of the process and get a voiceover — and make an avatar.

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The thing I love about it is that it's easy enough to play. I wouldn't consider myself an avid game player, but I have a lot of fun with this game.

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Comments on "Danica Patrick talks about dominating in a "man's" sport"

Stunned March 28, 2013 | 7:42 AM

"Danica Patrick is used to blazing trails in the racing industry" The only thing she blazes is her car right into the safer barrier. I hope Megan Morris was ordered to do such a fact of fiction by her editor, because if not, she's in just as large a fantasy world as Danican't is. The facts speek for themselves. I just wish there was more of them in this story.

RON March 27, 2013 | 4:56 AM

Lady.(And I use the term with a HUGE QUESTION MARK)You are so off its pathetic.Have you ever watched a race?do you know what the object is?I doubt it.Danica.Is by far NOT dominating race by far.She isnt even close.RACERS LIKE FOYT,MEARS >JEFF GORDON,To name a few have dominated racingThey have won multiple CHAMPIONSHIPS,races(THE OBJECT OF RACING BY THE WAY)Where as panica 1 Miserable race.The only reason she even gets mentioned is that most people like to laugh and make fun of her.Last year Indy car driver Kathernne legg finished 9th at a similar track wher danica BARELY Won the pole for.Legge raced HARD SHE didnt fade like patrick did at OVER 200MPH. Yet we didnt hear about it.Patrick is accutally RUINNING racing for other women.Simona De silvestro qualified 3rd fastest at st petes last weekend and finished 6th in the race .BUT HARDLY GOT MENTIONED.WhyMAYBE its because legge and simona DONT POSE HALF NAKED IN MENS MAGAZINES.Like pathetica.Dominates racing NO. runining it YES.

The Mad Man March 26, 2013 | 8:37 PM

The reason she doesn't know stats is that the stats show exactly what her record is like. 7 years in Indy cars and she had 1 win under rather dubious circumstances, 7 podiums, and 3 poles. Not exactly dominating in the Indy Cars. Compare that to Sam Hornish Jr. 8 years in Indy Cars, 19 wins, 47 podiums, 10 poles. James Hinchcliffe, 3 years in Indy cars, 2 of them in the car that Danica abandoned for NASCAR, and already has a win and 3 podium finishes under his belt. In NASCAR, her average finish for 2013 is 27.8 . Not exactly dominating is it? In 2012, she only finished 1 race on the lead lap out of the 10 Cup races she ran. 5 races this season and she's only finished on the lead lap once. Not exactly dominating there either. It's not unusual for her to wreck out or finish 1-6 laps down. So she is far from dominating anything except in hype.

AJ March 26, 2013 | 7:57 PM

Really? You should be banned from any future story publishing after leading with a headline that is so uneducated. She's dominating in repair costs, dominating in wasting good equipment, and so on. To call what she has done results wise anything besides a joke is an embarrassment to your common sense. Write on something you know, leave the racing to the people who actually watch and understand!

KalEl March 26, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Ok, I get it. The title of the article made me click because I actually thought she had finally won a race. When was the last time you saw a man's face over a caption dominating anything he had never won in? This chick is all marketing money and no substance. Her record speaks for itself; she has 1 one race in 200 in 3 racing leagues, and none in NASCAR. She has never been ranked higher than she is now (10th) only because of the pole position. How the heck is this any form or definition of dominatiing? this is worse than affirmative action, this is pure fantasy creation for girls. You put a pretty package on --------, they will buy it by the ton.

The Oz March 20, 2013 | 8:23 AM

If Daytona's that easy how come Shakakhan ain't on pole? She'd lap him multiple times during a race there and anywhere else for that matter.

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