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Danica Patrick claims pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick had been down this road before.

She had blazed trails in open-wheel racing when she became the first woman to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500 in her 2005 debut, and was the first woman to win a major closed-course auto race in a 2008 IndyCar Series event in Japan.

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