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Danica Patrick, being a female race car driver, has had a lot of firsts — she has the first and only woman’s victory in an IndyCar series race (the Japan 300); the first woman to win the pole at the Daytona 500 (2013) and her third-place finish in the 2009 Indy 500 as the highest ever for a woman.

So it makes perfect sense that she would be featured in Time Magazine’s special features, Firsts, which is looking at woman who have changed the world.

One of the more intriguing parts of her interview is when she opens up about moving to England, when she was 16 and had to learn to protect herself. When she came back, her parents told her she was “cold.” Her response?


“I had learned that you can’t just be super-nice to everybody—not everyone likes you back, or treats you well.”

That’s true, and sad.