What do Amber and Anglea Cope have in common with Danica Patrick?
Well, besides the obvious, the three have NASCAR Nationwide series starts to their resume, and thanks to the March issue of Maxim, all three have been the subject of a photoshoot in a men's magazine.
The current issue, available now -- but make sure you finish reading this post before you run to the store to get your copy! -- features a two page spread about "NASCAR's smokin' hot sisters." (You can also get an autographed copy of the magazine and an 18x24 poster for the low price of $24.95. However, the offer may have expired.)
The twins, who "may look like they're more suited for the runway than the speedway," are the nieces of 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope, and made their NASCAR debuts in October of 2010 when they raced in the Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville. They moved up -- in name only -- in 2011, as Amber made four starts in the Nationwide Series, while Angela made one.
It seems that the twins are following in the footsteps of Patrick, who posed for FHM early in her career and then later in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And while the popularity that Patrick gained from that first scantily clad photoshoot was measurable, it was only exponentially compounded when she succeeded in her first Indianapolis 500 where she started fourth and finished fourth and led 19 laps.
Before breaking into NASCAR, the twins stated that they wanted to be known as racers, and not models. But as of now, they've probably had more success in the latter industry. Their highest finish in any national series belongs to Amber, where she finished 22nd in a 2006 ARCA race at Berlin Raceway. This year, they're slated to split time on a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series in the No. 24 for Benny Gordon Racing, a small, independent team.
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