Patrick, 30, finished the 2.5-mile Daytona International race in 45.817 sec., averaging 196.434 mph to bag the pole the first woman ever for the February 24 opener of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series.
Patrick’s previous record:
- In 2005, she was the 1st woman to lead the Indianapolis 500;
- Became the first woman to win a series race when she captured the 2008 event at Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi;
- In 2009 she bagged the Indy 500 podium in 3rd place;
- She finished 10th in NASCAR’s second-rung nationwide series last season; and
- Won pole for the nationwide at Daytona last year
However, the top-flight NASCAR race position a woman has ever achieved was at Bristol and Talladega in 1977 by Janet Guthrie.
Jeff Gordon , a 3-time winner of Daytona race, occupies the 4th front row spot on the Daytona 500 grid. He averages 196.292 mph.
Gordon will start alongside Patrick on the front row of the grid. They’re the only drivers who have secured their starting positions
On Thursday the setting of the rest of the 43-car grid will be made.
Source: Patrick’s Daytona pole
Related: Johnson wins 2nd Daytona 500; Patrick finishes 8th
2/24/2013- DAYTONA BEACH — Jimmie Johnson has won his second Daytona 500, racing past defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski on the final restart, while Danica Patrick finished eighth.
Patrick in racing uniform
Patrick in No. 10 Go Daddy Go car