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Lyn St. James: My advice for Danica Patrick

NASCAR racer Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to ever win the pole position at the Daytona 500, getting a first row start this Sunday.

Lyn St. James, a fmr. Indycar racer who won the 1992 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year, talks about Patrick's influence in NASCAR and shares some advice for the popular driver.

"This is also a great milestone for all women," St. James tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning. "It's one of the only sports that men and women compete equally. Not many sports are like that. I think it kind of reflects society, because women are making such great inroads. But we need reminders that if given an opportunity, given the right equipment, given the right skill opportunity and support, that women are very capable. We needs reminders of that, and that's what she's doing.

St. James also shares advice for Patrick. Check out the video above.

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