RACE CAR DRIVER DANICA PATRICK IS 29 TODAY

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Danica Sue Patrick is a race car driver, currently competing in the Indy Car series and
the NASCAR Nationwide series, as well as a model and advertising spokeswoman. She was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis and the 2005 Indy Car season. With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy Car race. Patrick currently drives the #7 GoDaddy.com Honda/Dallara for the Andretti Auto Sport team. In 2010, Patrick began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the #7( below) GoDaddy.com for JR Motorsports part-time.

Danica placed 3rd in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, which was both a personal best for
her at the track and the highest finish by a woman in the event’s history. In 2011 in
the NASCAR Nationwide Series Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap at
Daytona International Speedway. She had her best career finish of 4th in the
NASCAR Nationwide Series on March 5th, 2011 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
by doing this, she set a record for the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top
circuit race

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 10:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet poses during NASCAR Nationwide Series portraits at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Donica with her trophy for the 2008 Indy Japan win

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RACING LEGEND MARIO ANDRETTI IS 71 TODAY

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Mario Gabriele Andretti is a retired world champion race car driver, one of
the most successful in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers
to win races in Formula One, Indy Car, World Sports car Championship and
NASCAR (the other being Dan Gurney). He also won races in midget cars,
sprint cars, and drag racing. Andretti had 109 career wins on major circuits
and was the only person to be named U.S. Driver of the Year in three decades
(1967, 1978, and 1984). He was inducted into the International Motorsports   
Hall of Fame in 2001, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996, in 2001 the 
International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the U.S.National Sprint Car Hall of Fame  
in 1996, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1990, and the Hoosier Auto   
Racing Hall of Fame in 1970. 

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“THE INTIMIDATOR’’ DIED ON THIS DATE IN 2001

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Dale Earnhardt died in a last-lap crash of “the Super Bowl of NASCAR”,
the Daytona 500. Hours later, at a press conference, NASCAR President
Mike Hilton made the formal announcement to the world saying, "This is
undoubtedly one of the toughest announcements that I’ve ever personally
had to make. But…after the accident in Turn 4 at the end of the Daytona
500, we’ve lost Dale Earnhardt”.

Earnhardt had notable success in the Winston Cup Series, now called the
Sprint Cup Series, winning seventy-six races, including one Daytona 500
victory in 1998. Earnhardt’s seven championships are tied for most all-time
with Richard Petty. Dale Earnhardt as been inducted in numerous halls of
fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.

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FORMER RACE CAR DRIVER A.J. FOYT IS 76

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A. J. (Anthony Joseph) Foyt is the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four
times. In 1960 he scored his first professional victory in a U.S. Automobile
Club (USAC) midget car race in Kansas City, Mo.
 Foyt has been inducted
into numerous motorsports halls of fame. Since his retirement from
active racing, he has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, which has teams
in CART, IRL, and NASCAR.
  

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           A .J. Foyt behind the wheel of his winning midget race car in 1960

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RACE CAR DRIVER MARK MARTIN IS 52 TODAY

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Mark Martin’s number 5 car with the Hendrick motorsports team

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NASCAR legend Mark Martin began his racing career as a young
teenager on the dirt tracks of Arkansas. He earned Rookie of the
year in 1977. Mark has the most wins in the NASCAR Nationwide
Series with 48. He has also finished second in the Sprint Cup
Series standings five times and has been described by ESPN
as “The best driver to never win a championship”. Mark’s
new sponsor for part of the 2011 season, beginning in
February, will be Quaker State Oil.

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                     Mark Martin and his father Julian Martin 

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The Quaker State number 5 car of Mark Martin for the 2011 season

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