General Public Tickets Released for Danica Patrick Luncheon at National Press Club

Remarks Come Five Days Before Sprint Cup Series Debut at Season-Opening Daytona 500, February 21

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A limited number of general public tickets have been released by the National Press Club for its upcoming Speakers Luncheon featuring auto racing driver, model and spokeswoman Danica Patrick on February 21. Patrick will discuss her transition from IndyCar to full-time NASCAR racing in 2012 just five days before she suits up for her Sprint Cup Series debut at the season-opening 54th Annual Daytona 500. When she takes the green flag later that week, Patrick will become only the third woman to compete in the iconic race.

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In six years, Patrick has risen from IndyCar Rookie of the Year to a racing sensation whose appeal "hits just about every demographic," reports ESPN.com, "from casual female fans to hard-core gearheads." The first woman ever to win an IndyCar race, Patrick has been named the series' most popular driver four times. Her 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Daytona resulted in a 35 percent increase in viewership, as reported by Nielsen Television Research. In addition to auto racing, Patrick is well-known as a spokeswoman for GoDaddy.com, with 13 commercials to her credit. "Enhancement," the 2009 Super Bowl commercial in which she starred, was the most-viewed commercial that day according to TiVo.

Patrick is considered by many to be the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, being the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series as well as holding the highest finish by a woman at the Indianapolis 500 (3rd place).

The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made through (202) 662-7501 or reservations@press.org. The cost of luncheon admission is $19 for National Press Club members, $30 for their guests, and $37 for the general public. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.

National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook at (facebook.com/PressClubDC) and Twitter (@PressClubDC). Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type PATRICK in the subject line and send to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.

The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event.

About the National Press Club: The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists with more than 3,400 members worldwide representing every major news organization. More than 250,000 people visit the Club each year to attend more than 2,000 events. The Club was founded in 1908 and is on the web at press.org.

SOURCE National Press Club



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