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Danica Patrick becomes 1st NASCAR driver to top 1 million Twitter followers

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    Danica Patrick, left, talks with Kevin Harvick before the first of two NASCAR Sprint Cup series qualifying auto races in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)The Associated Press

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    Danica Patrick prepares for the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)The Associated Press

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    Danica Patrick gets ready to go out on the track for a practice session for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)The Associated Press

Danica Patrick is the first NASCAR driver to surpass 1 million followers on Twitter — enough to rank her among the top female athletes in the world.

Patrick hit the mark in the days leading up to Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500.

The 1 million mark easily tops all NASCAR drivers. Next highest is six-time champion Jimmie Johnson's 530,000 followers. Juan Pablo Montoya leads all IndyCar drivers with just under 800,000.

But Patrick ranks among the most in female athletes. She's got more followers than Lindsey Vonn, Maria Sharapova, Mia Hamm and Anna Kournikova.

Those she still trails? Serena Williams' 4 million followers and U.S. soccer player Alex Morgan's 1.3 million.