Danica Patrick

Racing's Trailblazer

From the Series USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

As USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, “Danica Patrick shattered several records…at the storied Indianapolis 500. Even more lasting will be the point she made.” During the 2005 race that made her a superstar, Danica Patrick proved she could drive at racing’s highest level―and inspired countless girls who picture themselves behind the wheel of an Indy car.
Danica was a fierce competitor even before she was making headlines. As a teenager, she smashed records and won championships as a go-kart racer. Later, she struggled through a tough training period in England and fought to become part of the Indy Racing League back in the United States. Since then, she has handled on-track adversity and the media spotlight with the support of her family. Find out the story behind Danica’s first Indy Racing victory in 2008, her decision to branch out into NASCAR, and more.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006130, YAN006140
Dewey 796.72092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 970
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Karen Sirvaitis



“The Lifeline Biographies series, which is produced with access to USA Today‘s archives, does a fantastic job of creating biographies that are both informative and eye-catching. Moreover, their subjects are of substantial interest to today’s kids. . . . ‘In Focus’ sidebars, pertinent articles from USA Today, source notes, and great graphics all help make this series a standout.” —Booklist