Danica Patrick

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At only ten years old, Danica Patrick knew what she wanted to do with her life. After seeing her sister Brooke drive in a racing kart, Danica knew that racing would be her future. With the support of her parents, Danica began traveling the country, competing in kart races. Before long she won a national championship from World Karting Association, and had begun to impress many experienced racers and fans.

One person whom Danica particularly impressed was racing impresario John ...

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Overview

At only ten years old, Danica Patrick knew what she wanted to do with her life. After seeing her sister Brooke drive in a racing kart, Danica knew that racing would be her future. With the support of her parents, Danica began traveling the country, competing in kart races. Before long she won a national championship from World Karting Association, and had begun to impress many experienced racers and fans.

One person whom Danica particularly impressed was racing impresario John Mecom III, who paid for sixteen-year-old Danica to live in England, where she'd be able to train as a racer full time. But her youth and the lack of acceptance from male, English drivers soured Danica on England, and she eventually returned home.

That's when she began a professional career as an Indy car racer. Though she was unable to snag a win, Danica quickly found many fans, inspired by her spunky personality and the fact that she was a woman in the male-dominated world of racing. Only a few years into her career, she'd become one of the most famous drivers in the Indy car leagues, and was considerably more well known than many of her male counterparts.

Still, Danica pushed forward, determined to prove that a woman can drive as well as a man, and that she could be a racing champion.

About the Author:
Bonnie Hinman is the author of nineteen books, including eleven biographies for young adults and children. She and her husband, Bill, live near their grown children and three grandsons in Joplin, Missouri

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
The story of Danica Patrick is another in the "Xtreme Athletes" series. This details the development of Danica Patrick's driving experience, from her time driving go-karts as a ten-year-old, to the end of the 2007 racing season. Danica is best known for her fourth place finish at the Indianapolis 500, which earned her Rookie of the Year. Additionally, the book shows us the personal life of Danica; the book details her family's support throughout her life. Her sister, Brooke, involves her in go-kart racing, and her parents financially, emotionally, and physically support her in her quest to be the best driver she can be. She learns an important lesson about independence while living in England. She marries her husband, Paul Hospenthal, after he helps her. On a side note, the book gives some history about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and yoga, a form of exercise used by Danica. While this book is not directly tied to a content curriculum, it is entertaining and also details what goes on behind the scenes in racing and the politics involved. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599350790
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Xtreme Athletes Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents


Conquering the Brickyard     11
Off to England     25
Finding a Ride     43
Rookie Year     59
Slowed Down     77
A New Team     87
Timeline     96
Sources     100
Bibliography     104
Web sites     110
Index     111
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