Today is Racing Goddess Danica Patric’s 31st birthday. Danica was born on March 25, 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin to a quiet family. Her father, interestingly enough, raced snowmobiles, which may be where Danica got her love of speed. 

Danica never finished high school, opting for her GED instead, but who needs an education when you have driving talent like that? Having a body like that helps a bit, too.

Here’s a quick Wikipedia rundown:

Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is an American auto racing driver, model and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—she is the only woman to win a race in the IndyCar Series and holds the highest finish (third place) by a woman at the Indianapolis 500. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011. In 2012 she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For the 2013 season, Danica drives the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, and a limited Nationwide Series schedule for Turner Motorsports. In 2013, Danica became the fastest pole qualifier to qualify since 1990 for the Daytona 500. Danica is the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, which was also done at Daytona.Source:

Danica is currently dating one of her NASCAR rivals, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Its interesting to note that Danica was seeded 62nd for 2012 while Ricky was seeded 61st. I bet they are a fun couple to be around after a race!

What better way to celebrate Danica’s 31st birthday than to do a photo tribute to NASCARS hottest driver? While Danica isn’t the first female driver, she is definitely the best, and by far the hottest. So, without too much more chatter, here are some of her photoshoots with a brief note about when and where the photos were taken. By the way, if you are looking for some great info on Danica, Wikipedia is a good source, but you’d be amazed at what you can find on her personal website.

Sports Illustrated 2008

Sports Illustrated 2009

2010 photoshoot by George Holz

Red Bikini in Hawaii on November 29, 2011

Bikini Candids in Hawaii November 30, 2011