Okay, snark aside, this is a pretty big deal. Not simply because she’s the first woman in Sprint Cup history to do so, but because she was faster and better than a slew of other drivers.
Nascar racing driver Danica Patrick has become the first woman to take pole position at the Daytona 500 race in Florida. Patrick, 30, also became the first woman to become the pole-sitter in any Nascar top division event – the latest in a long line of achievements for one of the most prominent women in motorsports.
Patrick posted a qualifying lap of 196.4mph in her number 10 Chevrolet, completing the 2.5mile-long route at the Florida superspeedway in 45.817 seconds yesterday.
She will line up alongside four-time Nascar champion Jeff Gordon on the front row of the grid this Sunday, for the first race in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series.
Look, as a NASCAR fan, I know she probably has no chance of winning – hopefully Gordon will do that – but like her or hate her, Patrick’s feat is good for the sport.