She's known as one of the 'too hot to handle girls' in America, now you may not know much about IndyCar Racing or NASCAR, but the odds are you might know the name Danica Patrick.
The trailblasing race car driver has been exposed to a global audience through Super Bowl commercials, modeling shoots and other mainstream partnerships. She's helped IndyCar and NASCAR spread their audiences beyond core racing fans.
She's a model and a fast car driver.
After two previous part-time seasons, plus a full-time slate in the Nationwide Series and a 10-race dabble in Sprint Cup racing this past season, Danica Patrick makes the jump to a full-time effort in Sprint Cup competition in 2013.
While she finished 10th in her first full Nationwide season in 2012, it's pretty clear that Patrick is still in a learning mode that may take another one or two seasons as she becomes further immersed in Cup racing.
But Patrick is not making the jump to Sprint Cup competition for giggles and grins. She wants to be a serious racer and competitor-and she certainly has the ability to do that given enough time and a lot more laps and races behind the wheel of a Cup car.