DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick and Natalie Decker shared a hug and a little chitchat as they crossed paths at Daytona International Speedway last week.
They wished each other luck in their respective races during the brief exchange.
Decker probably could have tossed in a hearty “thank you.”
Although Patrick’s NASCAR success never matched the attention she received for standing out in a male-dominated sport, her six-year stint in the Cup Series seemingly set the groundwork for other women to follow.
“There’s so many younger girls that are fast — they’re like 10 years old, 12 years old — and they’re racing everything and anything,” said the 19-year-old Decker, who started on the pole and finished fifth in the ARCA Series season opener at Daytona. “Dirt cars, go-karts, full-size cars already. They’re coming up and they’re going to be here faster than you know it.”
Probably not fast enough to avoid having an all-male …
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