It's been a winding road from the go-kart tracks in Roscoe, Ill., to the famed high-banked expanse of Daytona, but for Bev Patrick, Danica's mom and avid supporter, it's ultimately been rewarding.
Kurt Busch views his life a little differently these days. A lot differently, actually. He uses words like "fulfilling" and "gratifying" and "responsibility" -- mostly thanks to a wide-eyed young admirer named Houston.
Once fierce competitors in go-karts, then rivals in IndyCar, Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish Jr. have crossed paths again in NASCAR's Nationwide Series.
From an early age, she's been driven to race cars, and nothing -- not even a fiery, spectacular crash -- can keep her out of them.