NASCAR Cup Series

A Look Back Through Danica Patrick’s Career

After experiencing success in the Verizon IndyCar Series – including a victory in Japan, Danica Patrick made the decision to switch over to stock car racing full-time in 2011. Since then, she’s been making the highlight reel on a weekly basis.

The driver of the No. 10 Ford has been successful on-track with notable career highs, though also been just as big away from the speedways. She has helped take the sport to new heights through marketing, while inspiring a whole new generation of female drivers and fans.

Patrick announced at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday that 2017 will mark her final full-season, as she will rap up her career with the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in 2018.

Here’s a glance back through her career highlights.

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Patrick’s NASCAR debut came in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Daytona in 2010. She would crash out of the event on Lap 69, resulting in a 35th-place finish.

Tyler Barrick | NKP

Patrick made her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the 2011 Daytona 500, finishing 38th.

Nigel Kinrade | NKP

Patrick’s lone XFINITY Series top-five came at Las Vegas in 2011 with a fourth-place finish.

Matthew Thacker | NKP

In her first full season of NASCAR competition in 2012, she scored four top-10’s en route to placing 10th in the XFINITY Series standings. She capped off the year by taking home the Most Popular Driver Award at the banquet.

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Kicking off her first full year of Cup competition in 2013, she opened the year in a big way by winning the pole for the Daytona 500.

Nigel Kinrade | NKP

Although it’s been tough sledding at times, Patrick scored a career-best Cup Series sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Nigel Kinrade | NKP

Patrick’s popularity has shined through, as the fans voted her into the All-Star race on three different occasions, most recently in 2016.

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.