February 25th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

Female driver fires up NASCAR series

Ground-breaking woman driver Danica Patrick is making the full-time switch to NASCAR from the IndyCar circuit this year.
Ground-breaking woman driver Danica Patrick is making the full-time switch to NASCAR from the IndyCar circuit this year.

I landed in Daytona Beach, Florida to cover my first Daytona 500, and in a matter of a few hours I witnessed sports history.

Danica Patrick was the fastest car on the track Friday. She won the pole. And for that she gets to start Saturday's season-opening Nationwide Series race as the lead car. It's the first time since Shawna Robinson in 1994 that a female driver has been the top qualifier in a NASCAR event. FULL POST

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