A look back at Danica Patrick’s racing career.

Danica Patrick is one of the world’s best-known female athletes. She set the bar higher — not just for women in sports, but for anyone who’s pushed to make their ideas a reality. Here’s a look back at some of her most memorable moments.

The early days of Danica Patrick racing.

Where most kids see go-karts as toys, Danica saw something different. She began karting at age 10 and at an age when most of us are just learning how to drive, Danica had already won her class in the World Karting Association Grand National Championship — three times. From there, her career really sped up:

  • 1998 — Danica moves to the United Kingdom to make her debut racing open-wheel, formula-type racecars.
  • 2000 — Danica finishes second in the Formula Ford Festival, the highest finish ever for an American in the event.
  • 2004 — Racing in the Atlantic Championship Series, Danica becomes the first woman to win a pole position in the history of the series.

Danica starts IndyCar auto racing.

By 2005, Danica was ready for bigger things. She started competing in the IndyCar Series, where the high-performance, open-wheel racecars reach speeds that exceed 200 mph.

  • 2005 — With her fourth-place qualifying effort for the Indianapolis 500, Danica earns the best starting position ever by a woman in the race. She finishes fourth, becoming the highest-finishing woman in the iconic race at the time.
  • 2005 — Danica scores three pole positions and seven top-10 finishes for the season, a feat that earns her Rookie of the Year honors.
  • 2008 — Danica becomes the first woman to win an IndyCar race and finishes the season ranked sixth in overall driver standings.
  • 2009 — Danica places third in the Indianapolis 500, raising the bar for the best result ever for a woman at Indy.

Looking good in GoDaddy green.

By 2007, Danica's racing career had a lot of traction, which garnered the attention of the world’s largest domain name registrar. That year she became an official spokesperson for GoDaddy, which eventually led to another record for Danica: most appearances in a Super Bowl ad. Danica’s momentum continued to build as GoDaddy green became a common sight on IndyCar tracks. After five years of setting records as an IndyCar driver, it was time for the next stage in Danica’s racing career.

Making a bold statement at NASCAR.

Danica made her NASCAR debut in 2010, with GoDaddy sponsoring her No. 7 Chevy. She started strong, showing the world she had the right stuff to compete in American stock car racing.

  • 2011 — Danica finishes fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • 2012 — Danica earns the NASCAR Xfinity Series pole award for the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. She becomes the first woman to earn a pole award in any of NASCAR’s top-three divisions since 1994.
  • 2012 — Danica finishes 10th in the overall NASCAR Xfinity Series season standings.
  • 2013 — At the Daytona 500, Danica becomes the first woman to win a pole position in the NASCAR Cup Series by setting the fastest lap in during her qualifying run. During the race, she led laps 127 through 129, becoming the first woman to lead a NASCAR Cup Series race under green-flag conditions.
  • 2015 — After earning top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, Danica sets a new mark for the most top-10 finishes by any female in NASCAR Cup Series competition — with a total of six top 10s.
  • 2017 — Danica earns a top-10 result at Dover International Speedway, increasing her total number of top-10 finishes to seven.

Danica keeps the pedal to the metal.

Once you’ve competed at the highest levels of motorsports, what comes next? After her “Danica Double” retirement tour in 2018 — with GoDaddy sponsoring her at the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 — she didn’t slow down a bit. Instead, Danica revealed her remarkable business sense. HSN now markets her Warrior by Danica Patrick clothing line, geared toward women who maintain a high-performance lifestyle. She authored Pretty Intense, which details a life-altering 90-day mind, body and food plan. And she’s the sole proprietor of the California vineyard, Somnium, which takes its name from the Latin word for “dream.”

You don’t need a racing career to dream big.

These days, Danica Patrick shows as much skill piloting a business as her racecar. While entrepreneurship is her top priority now, nobody will forget all the records Danica shattered and milestones she established as one of the world’s most recognizable female athletes.