former racecar driver, entrepreneur, businesswoman.
Danica Patrick is a former professional racecar driver, breaking barriers in a field historically dominated by men. Her first-place finish in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only first-place title held by a woman in an IndyCar Series race, placing her as the most successful woman in American competitive racing! She holds numerous other achievements and awards, including (but not limited to!) making TIME's "100 Most Influential People" list, appearing in 14 Super Bowl commercials, and a a three-time winner of the Monster Energy Fan Vote for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. Upon "racecar retirement," Danica has launched her own clothing line, written her own book, and become the sole proprietor of Somnium, a vineyard in Napa Valley, California.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A RACECAR DRIVER?
I think in the depths of my gut, I always knew I had to potential to be successful. I always said that if I was given the opportunity, I feel like it would be a big deal. The thought I always had in my head was, ‘Man, if someone could give me a chance to drive and show what I can do. If this works, it’ll be a big deal.’ All the little things that go along with that, I don’t think that you can always know. I still today, have to pinch myself every now and again, because of the things that I get to do and the opportunities that I have and the people that I know, that I’ve met and get to meet along the way. You know, I’m still humbled by that. I did always feel that it could be a big deal and it could be something important or something big.
PASSING IT ON
"Stay true to yourself and what you believe in. I think that’s how I’ve gotten to this point in my career and my life in general. I decided when I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a racecar driver. I dreamed big, believed in myself, worked really hard, took chances and made the most of every opportunity I was given."
HER ADVICE TO YOU
I would encourage both males and females to do something that they really love to do and that makes them happy. If you aren’t doing something that you love and you’re not doing something fulfilling; then when times get tough, that’s when giving up happens. You have to love it so much that’s it’s all part of the process. Which is how it felt to me.