Found July 11, 2012 on Race Review Online:
Iowa_corn_indy_2138
  Danica Patrick turned laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race car Tuesday, July 10 for the first time in more than a year, but this time she had a special passenger. Patrick drove around the famous 2.5-mile oval in a two-seater version of her No. 7 GoDaddy.com/NASCAR Unites "An American Salute" Chevrolet, with iconic television personality Katie Couric in the passenger seat. She also gave Couric a tour of IMS. The laps also served as a fun warm-up for Patrick's official return to the Brickyard when she makes her IMS stock-car debut in the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. "It feels really good to be at the track," Patrick said. "I enjoyed the laps that I made out there. I really, really enjoyed coming out of Turn 4 and coming down the front straightaway and seeing everything again." Patrick last raced at IMS in the 2011 Indianapolis 500, in which she finished 10th. It was one of her six top-10 results in seven starts in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" since 2005, when she earned Chase Rookie of the Year honors and captured worldwide attention after an electrifying fourth-place finish. After dabbling in the Nationwide Series last year, Patrick made a full-time switch to NASCAR in 2012. She is running the full Nationwide season for JR Motorsports and is participating in a partial Sprint Cup Series season for Stewart-Haas Racing, with plans for a full-time Cup schedule in 2013. Patrick is excited for the transition to stock-car racing at Indy. She is ninth in the Nationwide Series standings, with one top-10 finish for a team owned by Sprint Cup superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Obviously, I'm going to be a few inches or feet higher up in the seat from a visual perspective in a stock car, but nothing is going to feel better than to get back out there again," Patrick said. "I fell right into place. I feel so comfortable here and I have such a great emotion just coming into the track that I feel like that helps me overall be better because I feel so good and I feel so positive. "It's good to be back here. I didn't think my first laps in a stock car around here would be a school stock car, but I thought it was a good lead-in to a couple of weeks from now when we're actually here for the real deal." But Tuesday was all about fun. Patrick and Couric met and struck up a friendship during a ride of a lifetime for Couric. "I was very, very, very, very, very quiet," Couric said of her initial reaction to the speed and roar of a stock car from the passenger seat. "I was nervous at first, but I had a lot of fun. "I'm a huge fan of Danica's and have watched her career for many years now, and it was fun for me to get to spend some time with her and learn a little more about what makes her tick and about some of the choices she's made and things she's done in her life. I'm very impressed." IMS PR
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Patrick add Kansas Speedway to Sprint Cup schedule

Danica Patrick will race her 10th and final Sprint Cup Series event on Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway. Patrick is driving a 10-race schedule this season, but the final event was not announced until Tuesday. Kansas was selected for Patrick because it will be open for an additional day of practice due to its recent repave. Patrick made her Sprint Cup debut in February at the Daytona...

Danica adds Kansas to schedule

Danica Patrick will race her 10th and final Sprint Cup Series event on Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway. Patrick is driving a 10-race schedule this season and the final event was not announced until Tuesday. Stewart-Haas Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing field the No. 10 Chevrolet for Patrick in a joint agreement. They decided Kansas was the best place for Patrick because it will be open...

Danica Patrick Rounds Out 2012 Sprint Cup Schedule by Selecting October Race at Kansas Speedway

  Danica Patrick will compete in the Oct. 21 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the newly-paved Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing via a collaborative agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will benefit from an extra day of practice, scheduled for the Thursday before the race weekend...

Hinchcliffe bumps Danica Patrick off GoDaddy site

Hinch has made the home page. IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has knocked NASCAR star Danica Patrick off of the GoDaddy.com home page. The 25-year-old Canadian replaced Patrick at Andretti Autosport this season following her full-time move to NASCAR. Both drivers are sponsored by GoDaddy, and Hinchcliffe launched a grass-roots ''Hinch for Homepage'' campaign to...

Danica Patrick now competing in October Sprint Cup race

Danica Patrick has decided to compete in the Oct. 21st Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the newly re-paved Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Competing in the race will give Patrick an extra day of practice, scheduled for the Thursday before the race weekend due to the 1.5-mile oval being resurfaced since the Sprint Cup Series race just this past April....

Hinchcliffe bumps Danica off GoDaddy

Hinch has made the home page. IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has knocked NASCAR star Danica Patrick off the GoDaddy.com home page. The 25-year-old Canadian replaced Patrick at Andretti Autosport this season following her full-time move to NASCAR. ''Seeing myself on the GoDaddy.com homepage definitely makes all this feel more surreal,'' Hinchcliffe said Tuesday...

Travis Pastrana and Danica Patrick Highlight New Hampshire Story Lines

  $100,000 Up For Grabs To Four Drivers In Dash 4 Cash “Show me the money,” was the famous line from the popular 1996 film Jerry McGuire, and that’s exactly what’s on the minds of four of the top NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers as they battle for the Dash 4 Cash by Nationwide Insurance this weekend. The four eligible drivers to collect a $100,000 bonus include the top...

Katie Couric, Danica take a spin at Indy

Katie Couric feels bad for Ann Curry. The former co-host of NBC's ''Today'' show was in Indianapolis on Tuesday to take a drive around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Danica Patrick. The feature will air sometime after Couric's syndicated talk show, called ''Katie,'' debuts in September. When Couric left ''Today'' to...

Couric, Danica take a spin at Indy

Katie Couric feels bad for Ann Curry. The former co-host of NBC's ''Today'' show was in Indianapolis on Tuesday to take a drive around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Danica Patrick. The feature will air sometime after Couric's syndicated talk show, called ''Katie,'' debuts in September. When Couric left ''Today'' to...

JR Motorsports F.W. Webb 200 Race Preview

JR Motorsports finished last year’s race in New Hampshire by placing both its No. 88 and 7 team cars inside the top five. The effort marked the first time JRM teammates earned top fives in the Loudon event. The enter Loudon this weekend with Cole Whitt in the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet and Danica Patrick in the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. SITE OF SECOND POLE - JR Motorsports earned...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.