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Patrick climbs to pole for Daytona 500

25 February 2012 09:27

In the space of 24 hours, Danica Patrick recovered from her biggest crash to qualify in pole for the Daytona 500 on Thursday.

After brushing aside the spectacular crash that ruined her qualifying session on the last lap on Thursday, Patrick became only the second woman to win pole in NASCAR's 64-year history.

The 29-year-old hit a safety barrier on Thursday, doing severe damage to her car but showed no ill effects as she led out 15 other cars with the fastest time on Friday.

A proud Patrick seemed unfazed by the achievement ahead of her Sprint Cup debut on Sunday after making the transition to NASCAR from the IndyCar series.

She is the first female pole-getter since Shawna Robinson at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 1994.

"I really don't think about it from a girl perspective. I've been taught from a young age to want to be the best driver. It was about being the best driver and not the best girl," Patrick said.

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