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Danica Patrick to be the first female host of ESPYS

Danica Patrick is the first woman to win a top-level open-wheel race in a major North American series — the 2008 Indy Japan 300.


Kahron Spearman


Racing pioneer Danica Patrick is retiring from the sport after Sunday's Indianapolis 500, marking it her final appearance.

 

She's wasted no time in leaning into her next career.

 

Patrick will achieve yet another first as she will become the first woman to host the ESPYS, at ESPN's 26th annual awards show on July 18 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, per the network.

My first ESPYS was 2005, and I have been a fan, coming back every year since. It is the biggest night of the year for sports. Every year, I leave feeling so inspired! I am excited to be able to help celebrate, laugh and cry about the past year in sports with everyone. It's going to be a great night and one full of more than a few surprises.

Danica Patrick
Racer, model

The 36-year-old was the first female driver to lead laps and score a top-five finish at the Indianapolis 500 (2005.) She's also the first woman to win a top-level open-wheel race in a major North American series the 2008 Indy Japan 300. 

 

Her best finish at the Indianapolis 500 was a third-place mark in 2009. 

 

Patrick is the only woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole and was the fastest qualifier for the Daytona 500 in 2013, where he finished eighth, the highest position ever for a woman.

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