Danica Patrick: I Want To Be “The Best Driver And Not The Best Girl” Driver
1:00 pm, February 25th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Racecar driver Danica Patrick broke records this weekend by becoming the fastest female and second woman in Nascar history to get a pole position in the three major touring series. Don’t know what that means? Here’s what you need to know: it’s a big, important deal. But Patrick doesn’t want attention for being a record-breaking woman — she wants attention for being a record-breaking driver.
“I really don’t think about it from a girl perspective,” she tells USA Today. “I’ve been taught from a young age to want to be the best driver. My dad’s here, so he can attest to the fact that when we’d go out go-karting, and I’d be a half-second quicker than everyone, and he was still ticked off and not happy and we kept working.
She adds: “It was about being the best driver and not the best girl.”
And best driver indeed. She said all this after getting out of a car that she’d been driving at 182.7 miles per hour. Next time you get stopped for speeding, just think of that.