Biographical info on Danica Patrick

Biographical information on Danica Patrick, the NASCAR driver

who finished eighth Sunday in the Daytona 500 after becoming first

woman to win the pole for any Sprint Cup race:

BORN: March 25, 1982.

HOMETOWN: Roscoe, Ill.

TWITTER: (at)DanicaPatrick

CAR: No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing.

NOTES: Patrick was third on the final lap, but faded to eighth

in the final flurry. The finish was the best by a female driver in

the race, breaking the mark of 11th set by Janet Guthrie in 1980.

… Patrick became the first woman to lead laps in the Daytona 500,

running in front for five laps. … She started from the pole, the

first time a woman has topped qualifying in any race in NASCAR’s

top series. … The former IndyCar star, known more for alluring

photos and Super Bowl commercials than on-track success, is running

her first full season in the Sprint Cup Series and is dating fellow

driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … In 2008, Patrick won the Indy Japan

300 to become the first female IndyCar winner.