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Danica Patrick comfortable in NASCAR world

Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:12 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 10:28 pm

By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Danica Patrick is set to embark on her full-time NASCAR career and says she feels comfortable in her no longer new surroundings.

She'll run a complete Nationwide Series program from JR Motorsports in addition to a 10 race Sprint Cup Series schedule, beginning with her first career Daytona 500.

The former open wheel regular is keeping realistic expectations of her initial appearance in "The Great American Race."

“I think that with a race like Daytona, well first off it’s the Daytona 500 and everybody wants to win it of course," Patrick said. "It’s just going to depend on the looking back at the picture of the race and did you run up front at all, what happened, did I make any mistakes, but let’s face it great drivers don’t have great big speedway races because it depends on so many other factors like the tandem running or like staying in touch with the pack or like a pit stop or something like that or staying out of trouble. Like I said you can get caught in an accident that you just couldn’t see through to miss and your day is over.

So I don’t think there is a position that you can put on a race like this because it’s wide open for various levels of experienced drivers to do well. Ultimately we all want to win but at the end of the day it’s going to depend on probably looking back at the race and assessing my mistake level probably.”

Patrick is relieved to have some NASCAR experience under her belt - both behind the wheel as well as simply dealing with the stock car racing culture - and hopes that will be beneficial to growth in 2012.

“Yeah, and I think that comes from learning how it works and getting comfortable and familiar," Patrick said. "I’m very good when I know what’s coming. When I get surprised and things getting added on the schedule is when I get frustrated because expectation levels are everything for me. But not only from my perspective am I more comfortable now but from my assistant’s perspective and the help she gets from Junior Motorsports and Stewart-Hass, I think we all have a much better picture of how to do everything and how to keep it in line and how to help you folks do your job.”
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Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:47 pm

Danica Patrick comfortable in NASCAR world

I've been watching some programming on the SPEED channel and am very glad to see so many people associated with Nascar who  fervently approve of Danica's presence full time in the circuit. Also, it is very graitfying to know that  many fans have welcomed her with open arms. Everyone is eager to see her join in and succeed in this type of racing. All are confident that she will meet the challenge like a true winner. The entire circuit is better for having here in Daytona and Nascar on a full time basis.

Go Danica!

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:59 pm

Danica Patrick comfortable in NASCAR world

When Danica first started in IRL she was criticized because her small frame and low weight was said to be an advantage.  I never bought into that as AJ Foyt was a certified heavyweight who excelled at IRL and midget auto racing.  Thus, weight or lack of it never was any form of advantage.  That was just an excuse used by those who hated to lose to her.

Well, Danica is now in Nascar where the cars are built more for power, not speed.  Weight is definitely not an advantage or handicap for any driver.  Instead, it is the skill of the driver and the team crew that makes all the difference.  Excuses go out the window.

Let's hope Nascar will have an even more exciting season thanks to Danica's presence in it full time this year.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:05 pm

Danica Patrick comfortable in NASCAR world

We shall see how comfortable she is when she has some hot head like Juan Pablo Montoya poking her in the chest after an on track incident gets out of hand.... Not even sure who would win that fight actually, maybe Danica?

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