Putting into words accomplishments that transcend all sports landscapes is difficult, but the success that Danica Patrick is on the verge of achieving is one for the record books. Following the race at Homestead this weekend, Patrick could set the record for the highest-finishing female driver in NASCAR national series history. She is currently 10th in the standings just 10 points behind ninth-place Brian Scott. The previous record was held by Sara Christian, who finished 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings in 1949 – a 63-year-old record.
Since Patrick’s immersion into NASCAR she has proved a quick learner. In her first full season in the NNS, she has posted one pole (Daytona) and four top 10s. Patrick has already captured several records in NASCAR:
• Most laps led in a NASCAR national series single event by female driver – 20 laps led at Montreal (2012)
• Most career laps led in a NASCAR national series by female driver – 56 total laps led.
• Highest-finishing position by a female driver in a NASCAR national series event – Patrick finished fourth at Las Vegas (2011).
• The second female driver to win a NASCAR national series pole – 1) Shawna Robinson (1994, Atlanta) and 2) Patrick (2012, Daytona).