danica patrick fan gi Daytona 500: Danica Patrick wins Nationwide pole positionOn Thursday (Feb. 23), Danica Patrick was involved in a scary crash at the Gatorade 150 Duel ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500. But just 24 hours later, she became only the second woman in NASCAR history to win the pole position for Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race.  

“I was thinking about how disappointing [Thursday] was and how happy you can be 24 hours later,” Patrick said after her Friday win.

“I don’t think about it from a girl perspective,” she continued. “I’ve been taught from a young age to want to be the best driver, not the best girl.”

“I get much more nervous because I know my car is fast,” she said. “And when you sit on the pole, you’re the fastest car. So if you don’t win the race, then I just wasted the fasted car. So yes, it adds a lot of pressure and now I feel nervous.”

Patrick recently made the full-time switch to NASCAR racing and, it seems, she’s right at home.

Above: Patrick, left, signs an autograph for a fan.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson