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  • Women of NASCAR

    Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, April 12, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. On April 20, 2008, Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Montegi in Montegi, Japan, making her the first female winner in IndyCar racing history.
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  • Danica Patrick Makes Nascar History

    Danica Patrick displays the flag after winning the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 17, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Patrick beat out 37 other drivers, including four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, and hit speeds of 196 miles per hour — Daytona's fastest speed since 1990.
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  • Danica Patrick Crashes in NASCAR Race

    Sara Christian gets set for the start of a NASCAR Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup) race in 1949. Born in 1918, she was NASCAR's first female driver. She finished 14th out of 33 drivers in NASCAR's first strictly stock race at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. Christian, who drove stock cars sponsored by her husband, Frank, died in 1980.
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  • Women of NASCAR

    Running 33 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1976 to 1980, racing legend Janet Guthrie has five top 10 finishes, more than any other woman in NASCAR history.
  • Women of NASCAR

    Shawna Robinson became the first woman to win a pole, or first qualifying lap, in NASCAR national series history in Atlanta in 1994.
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  • Danica Patrick to Race Full-time

    When Katie Brice was 14, she was one of the youngest female drivers to race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. Now 15 and still without her driver's license, she is one of many young female NASCAR racer hopefuls. In 2007, NASCAR lowered the age for its touring to 16 at NASCAR-sanctioned races. In 2010, they changed the minimum age for obtaining a license to 14 in an effort to compete with other leagues that allow drivers as young as 12.
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  • Women of NASCAR

    Historically there has been a lack of female drivers in NASCAR, but that has taken a turn recently. Above, twin sisters Angela and Amber Cope pose before taking part in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway in October 2010. The Copes were joined by Jennifer Jo Cobb and Johanna Long. The race marked the first time that four women competed in the same NASCAR national series race.
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  • Women of NASCAR

    From left to right: Amber Cope, Angela Cope and Jennifer Jo Cobb talk about making history at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa in May 2011. For the first time in NASCAR Nationwide Series history, three women started a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
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  • Women of NASCAR

    Maryeve Dufault is the first Canadian woman to race in NASCAR. Dufault made her NASCAR national series debut on August 20, 2011 in the Nationwide Series Napa Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. She finished 30th out of 43 racers. Dufault models to support her racing career, including previously with the gameshow, The Price is Right.
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  • Danica Patrick Crashes in NASCAR Race

    Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Chevrolet, finished 19th in the Nascar Nationwide Series stock-car race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 17, 2012. That led to her finishing 10th place for the season, making her the top female driver in Nascar's three national racing series. The late Sara Christian previously held the record in 1949, after she finished 13th in the top Cup series.
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