2020 Speaker Series – DANICA PATRICK
January 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm PST
The Rancho Mirage Speaker Series Commission is excited to bring you LEGENDS OF SPORTS for the 2020 Speaker Series. First up in the Series is retired Race Car Driver, Author, Entrepreneur & Podcast Host DANICA PATRICK.
As a racecar driver, Danica Patrick broke barriers and set records with her on-track performance. With her racing career behind her, Danica looks to her next chapter as she focuses on her passions: food, wine, fitness and helping others achieve their goals.
Danica joined the mainstream ranks by succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports. Danica was named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list, has graced the cover of many prestigious publications and was featured in pictorials in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in a record-setting 14 Super Bowl commercials, 13 of which were for longtime partner, GoDaddy!
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.”
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 – ESPN’s Sports Award show, which aired live on ABC. Danica’s focus has now shifted to entrepreneur and business owner. She has a podcast named after her book Pretty Intense, a mind, body, and food plan geared to change readers’ lives, and she is the sole proprietor of Somnium, a vineyard in Napa Valley, California. She continues to do inspirational speaking engagements and plans to build upon these initiatives in the future.