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Danica Patrick to keynote this year's 'Voices of Vision' event in Fargo

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick waits in line to qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports 1 / 2
Retired Indy car and NASCAR racer Danica Patrick will headline the 2018 Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's "Voices of Vision" event in November. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

FARGO - World class Indy car and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will be the keynote speaker for this year's "Voices of Vision" event, put on by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

She will appear noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Delta by Marriott in south Fargo, the Chamber announced Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Patrick, who retired from professional racing in 2017, will share accounts of her career and advice on pushing yourself to your limits and following your dreams.

Voices of Vision is an annual event designed to bring nationally recognized leaders and visionaries to the F-M area.

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Tickets are $70 per person in advance, and $80 at the door for Chamber members, and $95 per person in advance for non-members. Corporate table sponsorship is $800.

Last year's speaker was former National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O'Neal. Other past speakers include Robert O'Neil, Rudy Giuliani, Terry Bradshaw, Jeb Bush, Joe Theismann, Bob Woodward and Lt. Col. Oliver North.

Patrick, born in 1982 in Wisconsin, found her passion for racing on go-kart tracks, then left the Midwest at age 16 to compete in European road racing.

In May 2005, she stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500. Three years later, she became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300.

In February 2013, as Patrick transitioned to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, she made headlines with her record-setting performance in the 55th Daytona 500 race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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