20 Lessons of 2020 Pt2
Dec 31, 2020
EP 70 - Danica Patrick 20 Lessons of 2020 - Pt2
Well this has been a year, 2020. As we reach the end of this year, we feel a sense of relief to have survived it. But we also have to take stock of what it has taught us. When we go through hard times, we have to take stock of what we have learned, and how to grow from that painful knowledge. Surely we know, if we do not learn and grow, we repeat the same painful patterns again and again. I have learned a lot this year, and I want to share some of that with you. Maybe some of the pain and growth I have been through is similar to the pain and growth that you have been through. I hope talking about these lessons will be helpful to you. I know that talking about these lessons, thinking about them, sharing them, has been helpful to me.
As a racecar driver, Danica Patrick broke barriers and set records with her on-track performance. At 16 years old Danica moved to the UK to compete in the cutthroat world of European road racing. In 2005, Danica stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500. She became the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. In 2008, Danica made history again becoming the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her victory in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 race. In 2013, as Danica transitioned to the NASCAR Cup Series, she made headlines around the world with her record-setting performance in the 55th Daytona 500 race. She became the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying 500 and then finished in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.” She broke the record for most top-10 finishes of any female in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2015 and holds the new mark with a total of seven top-10s to her credit. In 2018, Danica closed out her time in racing with the “Danica Double” and competed in two marquee events that were cornerstones of her career: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. In 2018, she shattered another glass ceiling when she became the first female host of the ESPY’s – ESPNs Sports Award show, that aired live on ABC. Her whole life she has done the unimaginable. Danica now looks to her next chapter as she focuses on her passions: good food, great wine, fitness, mind set, and helping others achieve their goals.