Memoir of Indy Car Racer
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"Writing this book is an opportunity to share my story of
overcoming all the challenges of being the only girl
successfully competing in a man's sport. For fourteen years,
I have had to prove my skill as a driver and earn the
respect of my competition through hard work, determination,
dedication, and perseverance. I want to show anyone trying
to succeed that anything is possible and that, though being
a woman might describe me, it doesn't define who I am on or
off the track."
Danica Patrick's life moves at 220 mph. She drives every
race and lives every day like she has something to prove --
and she does. A 5-foot 2-inch,100-pound woman, Danica had to
qualify a little quicker and race a little faster than the
boys. And that was just to earn the respect she would
otherwise be given if she weren't the "girl on the track,
driving the princess mobile." She's had to defend herself,
her skill, her ability, and her gender. But you don't get to
be an IndyCar driver without talent and determination. Even
the drivers who stay at the back of the pack are skilled and
capable, but the back of the pack is the last place that
Danica wants to be -- on the track or in life.
Danica is a small-town girl who had a big-boy dream and a
family who helped her believe that anything was possible.
She is living proof that if you work hard and aim high, you
can do whatever you set your mind to, that you can rise to
any challenge, and that what makes you different is what
makes you great. Danica shares secrets and stories, tales
from the track, and insights into her personal life that
reveal the spirit and drive packed into this all-star
athlete and woman.
From the exhilaration and freedom she felt when she stepped
on the pedal of her first go-kart at age ten through her
sensational rookie season that turned Indy racing on its
head, Danica invites readers into her life. Danica takes us
through her early racing years, competing against the boys
she now beats as men, and her time in England, battling
homesickness, insult, and injury. She talks about the
support of the legendary Bobby Rahal, having the best crew
in the league, and adjusting to the frenetic pace and
attention of "Danica mania." Through all this, she's been
blessed with a close-knit family and has been fortunate
enough to find true love.
Danica competes on a man's level and in a man's sport like
no other woman in sports ever has. This book details her
extraordinary rise from a ten-year-old go-kart champion to a
twenty-three-year-old Indy star, and her unique perspective
on how to compete in life, how to stand out, and how to get
the respect and attention we deserve.
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