Daytona 500 auto racer Danica Patrick would prefer that the public pay less attention to her divorce and dating life, and concentrate instead on her racing career. And currently, the GoDaddy.com spokesperson has taken pole position at the Daytona 500 with a lap of 196.434 mph, according to USA Today.
Left in her dust was teammate Tony Stewart, who posted a respectable 195.925 mph lap.
"I've only done Cup qualifying here once before (last year) ... this has been very straightforward, very predictable and consistent," Patrick said Sunday.
"I hope it's enough."
Danica’s speeds were the best overall during her qualifying practices yesterday. Although she took the pole position last year in Daytona, she could also become the first female auto racer to take the pole position in Cup.
When asked to compare taking the Daytona 500 pole position to landing the Indianapolis 500 pole, Patrick said, "it would definitely be a high point memory."
"I think Daytona has such a legendary following. Somebody said winning the pole for the Daytona 500 was the fourth-biggest race. It's clearly a very important moment in the year,"
"... What the fans need to understand is we're holding it wide open, but it's not just a car. There's so many little things the team does to be ready to go out there."
Based on her performance and laps this weekend, Patrick looks to be a lead player in the Daytona 500.
As it all turned out, Patrick became the first woman in history today to win the coveted pole position.
"Pride. I'm proud of all the hard work that goes into making a pole car," Patrick said. "I'm happy for them (the team). It was a fast Chevy. ... If you're anywhere but the front row, it's hard to see on race day. ... This just speaks volumes about Stewart-Haas Racing. I thought we were going to be 1-2-3 for a while."