Danica Patrick

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At the 2005 Indianapolis 500, 23 year-old Danica Patrick captured America's attention by nearly winning the race. Only the fourth woman ever to compete in the Indy 500, Patrick has proven to be a serious contender in the male-dominated field, although that is no surprise to those who have been following her rising career. Growing up in Illinois, Patrick began racing go-karts when she was 10 years old and has been a fierce competitor ever since. This new biography offers insightful interviews and full-color ...
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Overview

At the 2005 Indianapolis 500, 23 year-old Danica Patrick captured America's attention by nearly winning the race. Only the fourth woman ever to compete in the Indy 500, Patrick has proven to be a serious contender in the male-dominated field, although that is no surprise to those who have been following her rising career. Growing up in Illinois, Patrick began racing go-karts when she was 10 years old and has been a fierce competitor ever since. This new biography offers insightful interviews and full-color photographs to tell the story of a determined young woman who defined convention to become a formidable race car driver.

Race Car Legends: Collector's Edition books delve into the nuts and bolts of one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Each book brings readers behind the scenes with key people in the sport and into the lives of the sport's most popular drivers. Many of the books feature all-new first-person interviews.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
Unless you are a follower of car racing, the name Danica Patrick is likely to draw a blank. After reading this entry from Chelsea House by author Tara Baukus Mello that will change. Long considered a men-only sport, women have entered the field and Patrick is foremost among them, rising from early races in go-karts to autos. According to the author, this was a natural passage since both her parents were interested in races and that interest encouraged hers. Readers will find it hard to believe that until the 1970s no women were allowed at the Indy 500 except as spectators. This title focuses on Patrick's career but does provide information about her private life. The series is colorful with text set off by headings of red, photographs with captions that provide more information about the subject, statistics, bibliography, glossary, suggestions for further reading, and credits for the photos. The latter is welcome since teachers and librarians fight a constant battle trying to convince students to cite their sources. If there is an interest in the sport of racing, or in biographies about women in unusual professions, and interest in biographies of people who seem to be positive role models, this is worth a look. Part of the "Race Car Legends" series. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791091265
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Race Car Legends Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,130,720
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Turning Heads     7
Growing Up on the Track     17
Getting Serious     26
Finding Her Groove     35
The Big Time     43
Staying with Indy     51
Statistics     57
Chronology     59
Glossary     61
Bibliography     63
Further Reading     65
Picture Credits     67
Index     68
About the Author     71
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