Danica Patrick is taking new steps in her driving career. In 2010, Patrick will debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, her first trip through stock car racing after years on the IndyCar circuit.
Aside from her career on the track, Patrick's career continues to take off in other mediums. From her GoDaddy.com commercials, to centerfolds in magazines, Patrick is becoming more famous for her exploits off the track. Here are 20 reasons why Patrick has become so popular.
It makes no difference that Patrick has reached the winner's circle once in her career. She has transferred any potential success on the track to the red carpet where she is a constant attention draw for IndyCar.
Patrick broke into IndyCar in 2005 for the Rahal Letterman racing team and promptly won the 2005 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Award. She became the first woman to ever lead the Indianapolis 500 that season.
Patrick is a grease monkey in her day job, but can sure clean up well when she hits the town.
Drivers have criticized Patrick for using IndyCar as a means to promote herself, and there may be some validity to that with only one career win, but as long as the 27-year-old Patrick keeps popping up in bikinis and laying in water who's to complain?
Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether Patrick is the driver or the hot girl who shows off cars. A few more wins would help take the pressure off. Here is one shot from her second appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 2009.
Despite her lack of wins on the IndyCar circuit, there is something empowering about a good looking woman getting behind the wheel of 200 MPH worth of torque and high-powered engines.
Or is it hands device? Either way, Patrick grabbed a lot of attention with her most recent SI Swimsuit Edition. She has also twice appeared in FHM's Top 100 Sexist Women in the World list.
Who needs a helmet with hair like that? I may be a sucker good for thick, lustrous hair which is why it's too bad Danica is forced to stuff it under a helmet nearly every time she's in public.
Well there's no mixed message in this picture. She's saying, "Here's my rear end, what do you think?" Not bad Danica, not bad at all.
That's what the guy in the background is doing. I can just imagine this guy going back to his hotel room, girlfriend yanks the camera, "Oh it's nothing...just a shot I got of Danica Patrick from behind."
The latest swimsuit edition of Patrick and her Shelby Cobra 427 is just an overall win in my book. A bikini and one of the best muscle sports cars in history is a damn fine combination.
Pretty self -explanatory. This picture pretty much nails down why Patrick is in as many photo shoots as she is.
This picture just reminds me of those women pilots used to paint on the sides of their planes.
Patrick hasn't won much, but don't tell her she can't complete. She finished third overall in the 2009 Indy 500. It was her career best on the track and the best finish ever by a woman.
It's not just bikinis that Patrick looks good in. In the rare times she's actually just out at an even that doesn't require a red carpet, she can still look pretty darn good. And she'll still beat you off the line.
She knows she's got 500 miles of racing ahead, but Danica still keeps looking good from the neck up even in her fireproof suit.
That's a good looking game face.
She has a Catherine Zeta-Jones quality to her in this picture, and that's fine by me. Has she just been acting the part of a race car driver? Some of her opponents think so.
She just has that sexy confidence like, "Yes, I can jump into my car and make you feel bad about it."
Black leather body suit is alright with me. The milk ad wizards found a winning combination with this one. Maybe it's the whole catwoman thing that's going on here.
Nothing over done here. Just Danica looking fine in a tank top and jeans and it still works. Good for you Danica. It's not always about glitz and glam.
She pushed the envelope as far as she's willing to go in this picture. Bravo Danica.