2013 Daytona 500

History, But No Victory

2013 Daytona 500

Danica Patrick was the first woman to ever hold the pole position for the start of the Daytona 500 Sunday.  She didn’t win the race.

In a contest with several collisions, Jimmy Johnson survived to win the trophy.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second for the third time in four years.

Johnson, who won the race for the second time, led 17 laps.

“I had a lot of confidence leading the train,” Johnson said of taking the front position as the remaining cars raced around the 2.5-mile track, mostly in single file. “I knew I had a fast car.”

Danica Patrick finished in 8th position.  She led three times, including five laps under green — also becoming the first woman to lead a lap at the race not under a yellow flag caution. She accomplished the highest finish ever for a female driver at the race.

“At the end of the day it was a solid day,” she said. “We stayed basically in the top 10 all day so it was nice.  “Crew chief Tony Gibson beamed after the race.  “She did great under pressure,” he said.

“The Great American Race” is history, and history was made.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express