What it Means for the Sport as First Woman Ever to Earn Pole Position at Daytona 500
I’ve never been a part of the rainbows and butterflies girl-power sorority, but of course, I have a strong opinion and position on women in motorsports.
When Danica said she’s always approached her career with the mindset that she wanted to be the fastest driver and not the fastest girl, it hit home for me. So what does Danica on the pole at Daytona mean from my perspective?
There is a LOT that goes into being at the top of motorsports and everything from LOTS of financial backing, to a top notch team, to politics, to driver — so huge kudos to Danica for having it all in line and being the first woman to do so.
In NASCAR on super speedways like Daytona, the crew, cars and team collaboration is imminent to being fast, and particularly number one in qualifications. Danica made note in media interviews that her team made it possible for her to “hold it flat” at Daytona and put it on top, but by no means should this lead us to believe that it doesn’t take talent to be there!
It is refreshing to see that Danica is humble in media interviews and focused on what is next and what matters, the race. A fast racecar for a qualifying run does not mean much in a race like Daytona when strategy and luck come into play significantly.
I really appreciate and admire that she is not here to be anything other than a racecar driver and have always tried to voice that same standpoint. Real racecar drivers want to win and if you want to make it in motorsports, especially NASCAR, at some point you have to win.
To me, overcoming adversity and being viewed as another talented driver is pertinent. A lot has gone into making this milestone happen and it is extraordinary that a woman is excelling in motorsports at the top levels. I am all about strong, powerful, competitive women and although I won’t say that I want Danica to be where she is because she is a woman, I will say that I am rooting for her success in NASCAR because her message is that she is a driver who happens to be a woman who has overcome much and persevered through many disappointments, especially in her early NASCAR career.
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Shannon is a tour de force and has mad skills as a pro driver. She loves yoga, staying fit, and traveling abroad when not strapped in the cockpit of a race car. Read all of Shannon’s blog posts HERE
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