Danica tracker: Follow her Daytona debut

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The wait is over. Danica Patrick makes her NASCAR debut today at Daytona International Speedway.

How will she fare? Follow along live (hit refresh for latest updates).

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The parade laps have begun - we are minutes away from racing.

By the way, Danica Patrick isn't the only female driver in the field. Chrissy Wallace will be making her Nationwide Series debut and will start 35th. She is helping make history today as this is the first time a father-daughter race together in Nationwide (father Mike starts 23rd) and the first time four family members race in the same event (uncle Kenny and cousin Stephen start 19th and 13th respectively).

Sprint Cup drivers in today's field (by starting order): Kyle Busch (pole), Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Paul Menard.


Because rain canceled qualifying yesterday, defending Nationwide Series champion Kyle Busch starts from the pole today (starting lineup set on owner points). JR Motorsports bought points from CJM Racing (No. 42) so that's why Danica is starting 15th.

The prerace festivities are complete and engines are about to get fired up.

Driver introductions are over here at Daytona. Danica got a good applause, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. received the biggest ovation from the crowd.

Patrick will start 15th after rain wiped out qualifying Friday afternoon.