Danica reads to kids at White House
April 01, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NASCAR star Danica Patrick took in the sights and sounds of the 135th White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, meeting President Obama and his family before participating with other athletes and celebrities in kid-friendly activities on the South Lawn.
After also meeting Bo, the Obamas' family pet, the Daytona 500 pole winner fittingly read to schoolchildren from "Go, Dog, Go," the 1961 P.D. Eastman classic illustrated book featuring a group of car-driving canines.
"To have the opportunity to come to the White House and then be able to meet the President, First Lady and their family, including the dog, it’s a great honor for me to do that for them," Patrick said. "GoDaddy is so close obviously with me, and they play such a big role in the world, really, so I know that things like this are very important to them. It’s an honor. That’s all I can say. It’s a neat opportunity."
Besides honor and opportunity, Patrick had some time to speak casually with the President, who expressed a desire to drive her boss' race car during Tony Stewart's 2012 Champion's Tour of the White House.
"He was asking me about NASCAR and some of the on-track, off-track things that have been going on lately with drivers," Patrick said. "So I was explaining why that happens, how that happens and if there's some truth behind it."
Patrick also took part in a yoga session on the White House grounds in conjunction with the event's theme: "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!" The egg roll motto is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle among America's youth.
"Starting from a young age and having an active lifestyle is something that I feel like is important for kids to learn," Patrick said. "... It's just a good core value in your lifestyle."
Roush Fenway Racing's No. 99 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 car was on site as well. The car is driven by Carl Edwards.
The next stop for Edwards and Patrick will be her first career appearance at Martinsville Speedway, site of Sunday's STP Gas Booster 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
"I'm just excited for the race," Patrick said. "I'm trying to see if it's one of those that I just catch on to quickly or if it could be a complete disaster. It has that likelihood. It's a challenging track, but I think it's fun to go anywhere that's a legendary, famous track, and Martinsville's that."
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Danica Patrick reads "Go, Dog, Go" to a group of kids at the White House.
Patrick takes part in Yoga exercises on the White House lawn.