Danica Patrick added to her historical footprints with an eighth-place finish in NASCAR's biggest race. She also became the first woman to lead laps.
Always under the microscope, Danica Patrick should experience an even crazier 2013, with a budding romance, history to be made and nagging questions as to whether she belongs in Cup racing full time.
Danica Patrick and JR Motorsports could split after this Nationwide season, and if so, Richard Childress Racing has expressed an interest.
Karsyn Elledge, the 11-year-old niece of Dale Earnhardt Jr., is smitten with racing and has an aptitude for it.
Whether in NASCAR or IndyCar, no one driver -- no matter how popular -- can bring people to the track. Only the sport can do that.
In the season's longest race, Danica Patrick showed she still has a lot to learn, finishing back in the pack at 30th.