On Friday, Danica Patrick will attend her 46th and final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie meeting. And for the 46th and final time, her car will sport yellow stripes on the rear bumper. Come Monday, Nov. 18, Danica Patrick will no longer be a rookie in NASCAR’s top division.
While the 2013 season was “officially” designated as Danica Patrick ’s rookie season, she also drove 10 Sprint Cup races last year for SHR, which meant 46 rookie meetings and 46 races with a yellow rookie stripe.
Like any NASCAR rookie season, it’s been a year of highs and lows for Danica Patrick and the GoDaddy team. Mostly lows; and lows. And more lows. And even more lows. But the year started off on a high note that prompted several rewrites in the history books of the Daytona 500. It’s been downhill since.
Here are some excerpts from the Danica Patrick interview in advance of the final race of the season.
What have you learned about yourself this year?
“I always thought I was a patient driver and methodica...