Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you'll never know. I truly believe what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing.— Danica Patrick
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Indy, I have lots of great memories from there, and probably the part of me that doesn't feel quite as longing for it is that there is still a chance that I could do it again. It's not gone.
Maybe back in the day you didn't need to be the greatest looking to be on TV and you didn't need to speak the best, but in this day and age, I think you need to be the package. You need to look the part for your sponsors, you need to be able to speak the part for the media and to big CEOs.
Give yourself permission to shoot for something that seems totally beyond your grasp. You may be surprised at your capabilities
I was very against pink and purple when I was young, because they were girls' colors. But that was only because I didn't want people to write me off for what I can do. When I got into my 20s, I decided that was stupid.
If you want to be the best in your industry you need to have a relentless dedication to your job.
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I've been taught from a young age to want to be the best driver.
.. It was about being the best driver and not the best girl.
It would be hypocritical of me to use being female in some ways, and diss being female in other ways. It's part of the programme.
Sometimes it takes looking at the past to really be able to move forward and learn from it.
Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you'll never know.
At the after-party of the Indy 500, I'm usually wearing jeans and a tank top.
So many people have that story as to how they could have maybe won the Indy 500, which is for me the ultimate goal. I would imagine for a lot of people it's the ultimate goal. It's definitely high up on the list.
I'd love to do well on a big weekend with people watching and cheering, of course. But it's not fair to create an expectation level before I know what is realistic. I want to finish as well as possible. Is that top 20? Top 15? Top 25? You just have to play it by ear.
I know what it takes to be fast and I feel like every year I learn valuable lessons about how to be better the next time.
I've never asked for special treatment along the way.
And I'm never going to hide the fact that I'm a girl, ever. That's obvious, isn't it?
You have responsibilities and if you want to be the best in your industry you need to have a relentless dedication to your job. I was fortunate to have support from my parents and sister growing up and that helped me a lot.
You know, sometimes the little victories that I have throughout the season are not necessarily obvious on the track. Maybe they're another aspect of what I'm doing, winning little victories here and there to get everything in line to be able to perform from top to bottom on race day.
In motorsports we work in the grey areas a lot.
You're trying to find where the holes are in the rule book.
My goal is people associate November with COPD awareness month as much as they notice October with breast cancer and pink. That'd be a great thing if it happened. The fact that COPD kills more people than breast cancer and diabetes put together should raise some red flags.
To be honest, once you've driven around for about five, 10 laps, you don't notice a difference.
It looks like I have a thing for dangerous sports, don't I?
You know, it's always good to have seen a track before, just to kind of know where the little bumps are here and there, and just the general feel for the size.
To be honest, when I'm home, every day is a Friday for me.
It doesn't really matter what day it is for me. A lot of my friends actually have time off during the week, and so it doesn't prohibit me from enjoying myself when I am home on a Monday or a Tuesday.
I'm a good blend of both my mom and dad.
One of the areas I have a little less confidence in is giving any kind of a speech.
I'm probably not 100 pounds anymore, but around there.
I definitely got obsessed with my weight. When I met my husband and realized that he could put on 50 pounds and I'd still love him, I realized that's how he sees me or at least how he should!
I'm not tall enough to be a model, but I wish I was 6-foot, because I love it.
It's kind of artsy, and I'm artsy. And I love clothes.
I think you can be happy and still be competitive.
A good lesson for everybody is to think a bit before you speak and represent who you really are instead of the brash emotional you.
I want to win at everything. I usually don't like things that I'm not good at, but it doesn't mean I don't want to win at them.
Every time I get into a Nationwide car after being in a Cup car, I feel so much more comfortable than I did previously.
Together, we can put the brakes on breast cancer.
I think you have to feel comfortable with your car.
You have to go into turn one, every lap, with confidence. You have to be sure of yourself and your equipment.
No matter how good you are, how brave you are or anything, it comes down to that car so many times. Not every time, but so many times.
You have to keep thinking, I can be better.
Being a girl, my parents could have discouraged me from racing .
.. but my family has such a passion and so much confidence in me, and that goes a long way.
Being nervous isn't always the worst thing for me.
In this society these days, women are widely accepted in all kinds of cross-gender areas. So yeah, it's time!
If there's one great thing I think that's happened over the years, it's that women are being accepted into a man's world in all different areas, whether it's flying an airplane or driving a race car.
The last time I was pulled over was in 2005.
I was going 55 in a 35 mile per hour zone - which I don't understand because you can barely even idle at 35 miles per hour. Anyway, I was ordered to go to traffic school. It was an 8-hour class and really painful.
I've never been bashful to say that I'm not really interested in Formula One.
When I lived in England, it's all I wanted to do and I thought that anything else would somehow be a compromise to my dreams. But then when I came back to the States, I realised how much I loved being back in the States.
I feel like with Indy cars, you can just show up - if you are equipped to build and make a nice car, then you could be competitive. But in NASCAR I don't see that even being possible for someone to just show up with a car. There's too much evolution of the tricks and bells and whistles and all the things it takes to be fast in stock-car racing that you wouldn't know.
Since I started in Nascar, popularity has definitely gone up.
I've become more attractive and helpful to companies that are looking for spokespersons. So from that perspective, things are going really well.
My first Indy 500 was one of my high points.
I ended up qualifying fourth and I finished fourth. I had a win in Japan a few years later, and then qualifying for Daytona was great as well.
I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.
On Memorial Day, I was out floating on Lake Norman and came across Denny Hamlin.
We struck up a conversation, and one of the first things we were talking about was how much it helped him when he started racing the Cup car and how much it helped his Nationwide program.
I know that England changed me. I became a little bit colder, a little different.
Every single aspect of myself, let me put it this way, it's all about trying to incorporate. It's about trying to weave the web and keep everyone happy. And of course, it's about giving value to those people so they continue to sponsor me.
I spent my whole childhood watching open-wheel racing.
I spent years going to England and racing open wheel, coming back and racing open wheel. It's been my world for 20 years and beyond that. For almost my whole life, I've been watching it. I watch it and I think I know how to do it.
The first Indy was definitely the one I remember.
It's my favorite race I've ever done. It's the most memorable race I've ever done, for sure. Even more than when I won. I just remember everything about it.
I feel like, sometimes, people, because of the amount of media, because of the amount of attention, people seem to think I have to do things. Like, I have to win right now! But I don't feel like that.