Danica Patrick is Pretty Intense — Life Lessons From The World’s Greatest Female Race Car Driver

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“The journey is to find your truth and know who you really are.”

Danica Patrick


Imagine yourself the only female athlete in a very dangerous sport completely dominated by men.

You don’t just hold your own. And you don’t just break the glass ceiling. Instead, you obliterate it. Kicking serious ass, you make an indelible mark on the sport you love. Along the way, you inspire millions of women and young girls to rethink the limits of their personal potential.

This is the extraordinary story of race car driver Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) — an  athlete whose life-long love for speed turned her into one of the most successful, revered, and recognizable professional sports figures on the planet. Although her accomplishments are far too numerous to list, among Danica’s many notable glass ceiling explosions include:

  • first woman to lead the Indy 500;
  • highest Indy 500 female finish ever (4th);
  • first woman to win an IndyCar circuit race; and
  • first woman to win pole position at Daytona 500

Off the track, Danica is a media magnet. She has served up hosting duties on Spike TV, been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and appeared in a litany of commercials, music videos, and television shows. In 2006, she published Danica: Crossing the Line, an autobiography she followed up with the recent release of her brand new mind, body, spirit primer: Pretty Intense.

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This is a conversation about Danica’s extraordinary career. It’s about the lessons she’s learned along the way about life, performance and wellness. It’s about a piece of unfinished business she calls the Danica Double – her plan to race both the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 this year — and it’s a glimpse into the new chapter that lays beyond racing.

But most of all, this is a conversation about personal empowerment. It’s about the mindset and practices that made Danica a champion, which can be leveraged to unlock the best version of yourself. In other words, take personal responsibility for your path. Stop wasting time. And start kicking ass.

Danica is one of the sweetest badasses I know. I totally enjoyed our exchange. I hope you do too.

Peace + Plants,

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Show Notes

Check out Danica’s new book: Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan that will absolutely Change Your Life*

Background, Context & Reference

Notable People Discussed

Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy

Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering interstitial music and show notes; Shawn Patterson for graphics; and Michael Gibson for videography. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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