Danica Patrick just missed the birth of her namesake, but she got there in time to dry him off and help him up. However, there was one thing she couldn't do.
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.
The open-wheel icon financed Danica Patrick's early development and, in 2005, gave her the major opportunity she had been waiting for -- a shot at the Indy 500. The rest is history.