Danica Patrick Wins Pole Position at Daytona 500

The NASCAR driver is the first woman to ever take the pole position at Daytona.
2:25 | 02/18/13

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Race car driver Danica Patrick making history when she took the pole for the Daytona 500. Let me she will be first onto the track next week and that's what it's known as the super bowl of racing Jeff Gordon saying. He was the fastest guy on the track Sunday but for once that wasn't enough take a look now at Danica fastest of -- -- Are right now what you're watching is 196. Point 434 miles of speed. And history like about this -- -- the same line Danica Patrick cemented her place not just on the pole. At next week's Daytona 500 but in the history books of -- sport until now completely dominated by men. Can't -- his first place finish in Sunday qualifying now gives her the lead position at next week's 500. Notice the super bowl of NASCAR. You can start anywhere especially at a big super -- elect as he -- on the front Patrick didn't just window she bested the speedway is best. Three time winner Jeff Gordon by the narrowest of margins less than one half of 110 of a second. This significance of -- -- was not lost on the man should be -- -- and -- exposures. This -- to possibly get. It's the same type of exposure Patrick has been bringing to all racing since this 2008 Indy -- victory in Japan. A year later she made history again placing third in the Indy 500 but since switching to NASCAR full time in 2012 she's yet to win a single race. Leaving some critics to complain she spent her time capitalizing on being racy. Instead of spending -- time focusing on racing. Danica Patrick has been a lightning rod if she were to win the race that would silence every critic I'm gonna do everything it can prepare for Sunday's Daytona 500 so that I can. Keep the car as an up -- as often as possible based on her performance on Sunday it looks like that may be. What she will do -- candidate Patrick -- -- Daytona 500 she will be instantly. The most famous female athlete honor all labor. And that is what -- -- to -- now wind of the pressure that indeed it is Jeff Gordon out. That's really the center even this five girls wanted to picture with Danica on the artists Danica and the Gordon -- -- -- an attraction hopes. -- well be a champion of come Sundays and it's a great story that's been wonderful for don't panic yes yes.

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