Danica off to fast Daytona start

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Danica Patrick's Speedweeks is off to a stellar start.


Mark your calendars now and get ready to "reach up and pull those belts down tight one more time!" The Daytona 500 on FOX is set for noon ET on Feb. 24.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year contender flashed her new car's muscle early, taking the lead in the opening Daytona 500 practice session at Daytona International Speedway. Patrick led the field in the first hour with a top lap of 195.359 mph and held that spot until the closing minutes of the session.

Patrick is driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in her first full season of Cup competition - and was ahead of veteran teammates Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman on the speed chart. See the full practice results here.

And keep up with Patrick here.

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