Became the world’s most successful female racing car driver.
Growing up in a small town in Illinois, Danica’s parents encouraged her to try lots of things as a child. Racing was one of them. The first thing she drove was a lawnmower, followed by a small four-wheeler which Danica and her sister drove around the neighbourhood. As a 10 year old, Danica wanted to be a race car driver and engineer, so she could work on her car. From her humble beginnings racing go-karts locally, Danica started winning races and at just 16 years old, dropped out of school to come to England to start racing. These formative years, as one of the only females in racing, built Danica’s confidence and resilience, overcoming many challenges and a short period not being selected to race in a team. She started racing in Indycar in 2005 and equalled the record of most poles (3) in a rookie year and went on to win in Japan, becoming the first female ever to win and Indycar race. Danica enjoyed similar success after switching to Nascar in 2010, eventually retiring in 2018 and leaving a legacy of being the most successful female racing car driver in history.