Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: March 6, 2011 10:27 am
Posted By Pete Pistone
Danica Patrick made great strides in a year's time when she returned to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Sam's Town 300, where she finished fourth to become the highest finishing female driver in NASCAR since 1949.
However a year ago all was not as peachy for Patrick who struggled trying to figure out how to get a stock car around LVMS as evident by her media session in 2010:
Posted on: March 5, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2011 7:03 pm
Posted By Pete Pistone
Danica Patrick put her name in the NASCAR record books Saturday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Patrick finished fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 to score her best finish in her limited stock car racing career.
Patrick came back from being a lap down to turn in her historic performance.
The fourth was the highest finish for a female driver in the series and the highest in any NASCAR series since Sara Christian finished fifth in 1949 in what is now known as the Cup series in a race in Pittsburgh.
“We kind of bounced around from 12th to 25th and it was quite a struggle,” said Patrick. “We had a good car and that made the difference.
“I know I haven’t had the best results, especially in NASCAR. But we’re getting them now. I don’t think about trying to finish the highest finishing position for a female driver, I think about trying to win the race.
“If I make history, than so be it.”
Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:43 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 5:44 pm
Posted By Pete Pistone
From News Release
“Fame: Danica Patrick” the comic book will be in stores this Wednesday, February 16, 2011. The independent comics company is reaching out to the members of NASCAR nation with its latest comic book biography.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 2:15 pm
Posted By Pete Pistone
Danica Patrick NASCAR 2.0 is set for 2011 with the Indy Car driver again embarking on a limited Nationwide Series schedule this season similar in nature to the number of starts she made in her inaugural year. The Montreal road course has been added to Patrick's slate which will again kick off with the Nationwide opener in Daytona next week.
From Team Release
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2011) – Danica Patrick , the 28-year-old racer who transitioned into NASCAR Nationwide Series competition last year with JR Motorsports in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, has finalized her 2011 Nationwide Series plans. JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt , on behalf of the team and primary sponsor GoDaddy.com, announced those plans today.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:55 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 2:58 pm
Danica Patrick has been confirmed for the first four races of the 2011 Nationwide season in the No. 7 car for JR Motorsports.
While the rest of her season has not be determined, it's expected that it will look similar to her 13-race campaign from this season. Patrick has competed in eight races (through Oct. 15) with a best finish of 24th (Chicagoland). She has crashed out of three events and has yet to finish on the lead lap.
Patrick continued to race full-time in the IndyCar Series this past season, but had her fewest top fives (3) and top 10s (8) in the series since the 2006 season. Her average finish of 11.4 was her worst since her rookie campaign when she had an average of 12.5.
Press release follows:
Danica Patrick will drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in the first four NASCAR Nationwide Series events of 2011, JR Motorsports officials announced today at a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The races beyond that have not been determined, although Patrick will take on a schedule similar to that of her 13-race rookie campaign.
Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:47 pm
Couple of interesting Nationwide items from Bristol on Friday:
JR Motorsports expects a partial schedule from Patrick again in 2011
JR Motorsports expects to field a Nationwide Series car next season for Danica Patrick .
JRM co-owner Kelley Earnhardt said Friday she's waiting for the IndyCar schedule to be released to determine how many races Patrick will drive in NASCAR. She's running a 13-race schedule this year for JRM that is built around her IndyCar commitments.
Patrick has a career-best finish of 24th at Chicago last month through her six races so far. Her average finish is 30.5.
"I think she's definitely had a difficult year getting used to these cars from where she's came from," Earnhardt said. "I think still everyone has to keep in check that she's ran six Nationwide races and pretty much six stock car races in her career. She's still very fresh and new at this and still has a lot to learn about the way these cars work."
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Edwards says he'll run full Nationwide schedule in 2011
Carl Edwards said he will drive the full season in NASCAR's second-tier series in 2011 even if he's not eligible to race for the Nationwide championship.
"That's a great team I've got over there," he said. "We've got a great shop and a bunch of people that work very hard. I kind of halfway committed to doing it a year ago, these two years, so [if] NASCAR says that we can't race for driver's points, I still feel like I owe it to my guys and my sponsors and myself to follow through and do what I said I'd do."
NASCAR is currently discussing rule changes to the Nationwide Series to develop its brand. One of the proposals is making full-time Sprint Cup drivers ineligible for the title.
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Posted on: February 8, 2010 8:09 am
Following a sixth-place finish in her ARCA stock-car debut Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, Danica Patrick has moved up her Nationwide Series debut and will race Feb. 13 in the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona.
Press release follows:
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2010) – Danica Patrick will make her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced today.
Patrick, Earnhardt, and team officials convened Sunday following the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) event at
Daytona, in which Patrick raced to a sixth-place finish in her stock-car debut. The decision for Patrick to compete in the Daytona Nationwide Series event is supported by sponsor GoDaddy.com and JRM co-owners Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Eury Jr., and Rick Hendrick.
“To be the one driving that Go Daddy car at Daytona means a lot to me,” Patrick said. “Racing in the Nationwide Series race was my goal during this entire two-month preparation process, but we wanted to make sure it was the right thing to do. The ARCA race was a blast, and I’m not ready for my first Daytona Speedweeks to end just yet. I want more racing.”
Patrick’s entry in the Drive4COPD 300 puts her in a JR Motorsports tandem with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will drive the No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet. Patrick will continue her Nationwide Series schedule on Feb. 20 at Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.) and Feb. 27 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Patrick is guaranteed starting positions in all three races based off JRM’s acquisition of points from CJM Racing’s No. 11 team, which finished 15th in the 2009 Nationwide Series owners point standings.
“I think Danica proved to everyone that she can compete in stock cars at a high level, and right now seat time is extremely important,” Kelley Earnhardt said. “She has worked extremely hard during the past two months for this opportunity. Her dedication and work ethic is infectious.”
GoDaddy.com will be the primary sponsor for 11 of Patrick’s 13 Nationwide Series races in 2010. The world’s largest domain name registrar also served as primary sponsor for Patrick’s ARCA debut last week. She started 12th in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and finished sixth, including a late rally from 23rd position all the way to the front pack in just under 20 laps.
“Danica’s got what it takes, and it’s obvious from the ARCA race NASCAR is right up her alley,” said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “She’s ready to drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevy in Daytona and is sure to give the fans an exciting show just like she did in the ARCA race.”
Posted on: January 28, 2010 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 3:21 pm
From JR Motorsports press release:
Danica Patrick will compete in 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races with the possibility of 13 in her debut season with JR Motorsports, co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced today.
The only event uncertain on Patrick’s schedule is the Feb. 13 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet is entered in the event, but its driver will not be determined until after Patrick’s race in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) event on Feb. 6. Patrick will compete in the Daytona ARCA race in a JR Motorsports-prepared No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet.
Beyond Daytona, Patrick’s 2010 campaign is confirmed starting with the Feb. 20 race at Auto Club Speedway and the Feb. 27 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following Vegas, Patrick will take a four-month hiatus to focus on her IndyCar Series responsibilities before returning to drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevy in the Nationwide Series June 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The remainder of her schedule includes Nationwide races at Chicagoland Speedway (July 9), Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 14), Dover International Speedway (Sept. 25), Auto Club Speedway (Oct. 9), Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 15), Gateway International Raceway (Oct. 23), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 6), Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 13), and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 20).
“I’m thrilled to announce our 2010 Nationwide Series schedule,” said Patrick. “Like I’ve said before, we just want to be smart and calculative about this process. The tracks we’ve selected not only compliment the IndyCar schedule, but will give me quality seat time at a variety of facilities.”
While Patrick’s participation in the Daytona race is to be determined, JR Motorsports will still field two cars for the Nationwide Series season opener. Due to sponsorship reallocation for the upcoming season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet in place of Kelly Bires in what is the first of two scheduled races for the JRM co-owner. Bires will return to the seat of the No. 88 Chevy the following week at Auto Club Speedway and could be called upon to drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet at Daytona should Patrick not compete in that event.
“We want to give Danica the best opportunity to compete at Daytona, and that includes making sure she is 100 percent comfortable in that driver’s seat,” Kelley Earnhardt said. “The Nationwide race there is perhaps the most competitive race of the year. Once the ARCA race is complete, we will get with Danica and make a decision based on the best interests of her, the team, and our sponsor Go Daddy. I’m extremely pleased with the working relationship between Danica and (crew chief) Tony Eury Jr. They are communicating well and working extremely hard in preparing for this season.”
GoDaddy.com will serve as primary sponsor for 10 of Patrick’s 12 races in the No. 7 Chevrolet in 2010.
Danica Patrick’s 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule
2/13 Daytona International Speedway (TBD)
2/20 Auto Club Speedway
2/27 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
6/26 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/9 Chicagoland Speedway
8/14 Michigan International Speedway
9/25 Dover International Speedway
10/9 Auto Club Speedway
10/15 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/23 Gateway International Raceway
11/6 Texas Motor Speedway
11/13 Phoenix International Speedway
11/20 Homestead-Miami Speedway