Danica Patrick will be taking home the Legend Award next month at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.
The 36-year-old professional race car driver — who became the first female winner in IndyCar history — will be recognized for her achievements on and off the racetrack.
“I dreamed big, believed in myself, worked hard, took chances and made the most of every opportunity. Today, I’m honored to be a positive influence on kids and encourage them to stay true to themselves and what they believe in; keep dreaming big and working hard. Bring on the gold slime!” adds Patrick.
Danica has been successful off the track as well, where she has graced the covers of ESPN: The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Shape and TV Guide, as well as being featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She can also be seen on the couches of Ellen, The Late Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Due to her varied successes, Danica is an inspiration, not only to girls and women everywhere whom she empowers to achieve their goals, but to everyone who has ever had the courage to dream big.