Danica Patrick has plans of her own for the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. Image Credit: Andy Sallee (2010)
IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 Texas Tweet
Andretti Autosport’s Danica Patrick paced a track-record four female drivers Friday by qualifying eighth for the Firestone 550k IZOD IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Patrick (No. 7 GoDaddy.com Dallara Honda) posted a four-lap aggregate time of 1 minute, 37.8619 seconds for an average speed of 214.273 miles per hour to lead the female contingent in the 26-driver field. It also marked Patrick’s season-best qualifying performance, topping a ninth at Kansas.
Sarah Fisher (No. 67 Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing Dallara Honda) was next, qualifying 16th. Milka Duno (No. 18 CITGO Dallara Honda) followed directly behind Fisher as she qualified a season-best 17th. It easily topped her previous best of 24th on four occasions.
Rookie Simona De Silvestro (No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds HVM Dallara Honda), the top rookie at last week’s Indianapolis 500, struggled on the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval as she qualified a season-worst 26th.
The previous record for most females competing in an IZOD IndyCar Series event at Texas Motor Speedway was three on two occasions. Patrick, Fisher and Duno competed together at TMS for the Firestone 550k in 2007 and again last year.
The following entries are "Tweets" (140 character or less postings) taken from a Twitter feed during the seventh race of the IZOD IndyCar Series - The Firestone 550 held at Texas Motor Speedway ... a web assisted live blogging effort of sorts.
indy44 Ready to rock and roll. Let's see a safe fast race. Talking racing with ticket winners. Cell service bad so probably won't have many updates
FastMachines RT @DiecastDude: "The race will be much different than Indianapolis..." Hopefully with, like, lead battles & passes and stuff. #izodindycar
pressdog Let's light this friggin candle.
MarcoZone They only breathe on the straights...wow...#IndyCar
TheSpeedgeek Any punchlines for the "Row __, hot!" thing tonight? I got nothing.
TeamIndyChat ☺♫♪ i am INDY! ♪♫☺
228 Laps of racing and the 26 car field will get ready to go racing!
TheEDJE GREEN, GREEN, GRE - OOPS - Briscoe Jumps
TheSpeedgeek Send Briscoe to the back. That was egregious.
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN - The Checkered Flag Waves
deferrandragon 3 shower day has turned into nice night in Texas
SpeedFreaks And IndyCar is green... and 4 wide in Texas! Yowza!
VersusIndyCar We are green flag, and there is tons of side by side! Top three are Briscoe, Franchitti, and DIxon #IZODIndyCar
IndyCarPR Lap 5: #6 Briscoe leads #10 Franchitti by .1535 of a seconds. Wheldon has moved to 10th after starting 15th.
deferrandragon Rafa up 3 spots to 20
CrashGladys LOVE these side by side camera views... Marco and Briscoe there... wow! #indycar
FastMachines Dan Wheldon has moved up from 15th to 6th - Marco trying to move into the top 5, too. #indycar #texasindy
IndyCarNation Jack educating @VersusTV fans in the #IZOD Performance Pit. Great race in Texas! http://ow.ly/i/1VJy
FastMachines Heh, heh! RT @formula1blog: WTH? Jack Arute is officially the same color as a football. Dude! Back off the Loreal tanning gel!
CrashGladys Sooo not fair for @jayhoward66 ... his luck this year has just plain sucked! #indycar
Jay Howard pulls into the pits!
kvracing After 20 laps, Viso moves to 9th (up 5places), Moraes 13th, Sato 15th
deferrandragon Rafa and hunter-reay going back and forth.
IndyCarNation Lap 25: #6 Briscoe leads #10 Franchitti by .3297 of a second.
Will Power gets by Dixon (bumped wheels) for P3 - Needs to get by Dario to keep points from being gained on him.
99forever Well, no point in staying glued to Race Control video.. leader-cam only sucks. Glad to have IMS Radio at least
Dario gets passed by Will Power on LAP 34
deferrandragon Nice little breeze here but as much as we sweat this afternoon you don't want be on the downwind side of me
IndyCarNation Lap 35: #6 Briscoe leads #12 Power by 1.5764 seconds. @danicapatrick is now fifth.
kvracing After 38 laps, Viso moves to 8th (up 6places), Moraes 12th, Sato 18th
catchfence Sarah Fisher Racing On Track Deep in the Heart of Texas http://bit.ly/9iax93
CrashGladys Wow, Justin is in early... anyone have an answer as to why he was losing so much speed?? #indycar
IndyCarNation Lap 40: #6 Briscoe leads #12 Power by 1.9746 seconds. #22 Wilson on pit lane for four tires and fuel.
YELLOW Flag for debris on LAP 46 - Pit Stops for everyone! Franchitti out early, Briscoe slow, Alex Lloyd drops from P5 to the back of lead lap field to P21,
paultracy3 Danica is flying
TheEDJE LAP 50 - Franchitti, Power, Patrick, Dixon, and Briscoe are top 5 after pit stops
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN - The Checkered Flag Waves LAP 52
kvracing After pit stop, Viso rejoins field 9th, Moraes 11th & Sato 19th
Danica Patrick goes side-by-side with Will Power for P2 - doesn't make it
Takuma Sato hits the wall and brings out a YELLOW Flag
kvracing Lap 56, yellow flag for Takuma Sato. Contact with wall in turn 2
pressdog Plus, if @danicapatrick wins at TX it will drive the haters INSANE and I am always in favor of that.
kvracing Lap 60, Viso #8 PDVSA-KVRT car is 10th & Moraes #32 KVRT car is 13th. Still yellow flag
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN - The Checkered Flag Waves LAP 65
toomuchracing Sato on TV, confirms something broke on the car.
deferrandragon Rafa getting some airtime on versus. Biggest mover of the race thus far, up 12 spots
Cars are running a blistering pace after the restart - Franchitti - 212.8, Power - 214.0, Briscoe - 214.5 for top 3 positions
kvracing Lap 73, Viso is 9th & Moraes is 20th
deferrandragon Rafa chasing helio now
IndyCarPR Medical update from Dr. Geoffrey Billows, IRL medical official: Takuma Sato has been checked and released from the care center.
deferrandragon Some side by side action with Marco
IndyCarNation Lap 80: #10 Franchitti leads #12 Power by .1876 of a second
Briscoe and Power go side-by-side for P2
deferrandragon A lot of close racing up front.like 2 fat guys in a phone booth
IndyCarNation Lap 90: #10 Franchitti leads #12 Power by .2533 of a second. And @txmotorspeedway just opened the world famous "Nacho Bar."
paultracy3 I like how Danica is driving tonite
Danica Patrick's GoDaddy! car seems to running a little slower - handling might be going off!
YELLOW Flag - Simona De Slivestro slamms the wal and the car is engulfed in an oil fire!!!
SpeedFreaks Crap... deSilvestro just crashed in the #indycar
Simona De Silvestro walks under her own power to the medical truck ... seems OK [CTRL-CLICK image link to launch YouTube of accident and fire]. Image Credit: Andy Sallee (2010)
99forever Davey on IMS Radio excusing safety team because "we don't have fires" and they don't get much practice. Pardon my French: ********.
MarcoZone That's gonna be a BIG clean-up
After first pit stop problems (P5 to P21) ... Alex Lloyd has climbed back up to P12 from P21
IndyCarPR Top 10 rundown: 10, 12, 6, 9, 7, 11, 8, 4, 24, 3
PippaMann OMG! Why did it take so long to get the fire extinguishers on her...?!?! Hope @simdesilvestro is okay and no serious burns...
pressdogNew car needs to be easier to get out quickly. This one is too tough. Kanaan had to struggle to get out as well.
TheEDJE @pressdog The new "LAWN DART" won't cut it - too dangerous and weird
deferrandragon Dario, briscoe and Dixon lead. Danica 4
TheEDJE Will Power in the pits for debris removal - patch to the under tray - out to the back of the line
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN - LAP 113
Patrick battling for P3 with Dixon
HVMracing Still awaiting medical center update on De Silvestro
chunter16 I'm glad the current car's fires are visible. Hope all involved are okay. Has someone found a way to pull a cord and fill the car with foam?
paultracy3 Fire first then the driver . I don't know what that guy was doing with the hose , it's a good thing the big guy jumped to get her
Alex Lloyd up to P10 on LAP121
PippaMann That was a nasty chop across one of her team-mates. Was not a fan of that Danica moment...
TheEDJE Alex Lloyd up to P8 on LAP 127 - push-to-pass is getting a workout - Go BSA!
CRASH - CCWS KV Racing's Mario Moraes clobbers Penske's Helio Castroneves at LAP 129 - CCWS Conquest Racing's Bertrand Baguette get a bunch of debris and stops in the pits - OUT
IndyCarPR Lap 129: YELLOW. Multicar accident on the frontstretch. Cars involved are #3 Castroneves, #32 Moraes and #36 Baguette.
HVMracing While suffering some burns Simona is okay.. burns to hand
99forever And up goes the repair bill for @kvracing for the second time. Anyone got stats on how many cars have actually completed a race this year?
deferrandragon Helio just went helmet to helmet with moraes. Wow
Pitstops all the way around
MarcoZone And now Marco is p16 after that fubar in the pits...what's up with the fuggly stops tonight?
gassracing Agreed RT @pressdog: Thank God that one dude just dove in there and started yanking on her while everyone dicked (cont) http://tl.gd/1mqkbe
pressdog Yeah, some kind of one button quick rease thing. Slap it and you're out.
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN - Restart LAP 138
IndyCarPR Lap 138: GREEN. #77 Tagliani leads the field into Turn 1.
Will Power in P2 slams the door on Ryan Briscoe who tries for position - now back side-by-side and Briscoe has company with Dixon and Patrick
deferrandragon Gil wants Rafa to cover his inside
TheSpeedgeek Holy smokes, Milka is out! Did we ever hear the TV guys mention her? Has anybody Tweeted about her yet? I WIN!
paultracy3 Danica is bringing it mad hard like a jail yard :-)
deferrandragon 77 laps left Rafa now 12
TheEDJE Alex Lloyd's Dale Coyne Racing car is working very well - back up to P6 on LAP 159
3 WIDE for P6 with Viso Lloyd and Andretti - Viso ahead
pressdog @sarahfisher67 got her lap back and has the wings back. Fly Sarah.
deferrandragon Tighter than a rockstars leather pants
Alex Tagliani comes into the pits - stalls - Will Power in the lead of the race - Fueler fell to the ground
Will Power in the pits on LAP 170 - Briscoe to P1 with Patrick chasing
IndyCarNation Lap 170: #12 Power on pit lane for four tires and fuel. New leader is #6 Briscoe.
Tagliani serves a drive through penalty for Fueler knockdown
paultracy3 Alot of dumd mistakes in the pit lane tonite
TheEDJE @paultracy3 Tweeting is tougher than it appears!
MarcoZone Marco up to P4!!! Way to climb...yet know one has said anything!
TheSpeedgeek I would like to say that IndyCar is the Miracle Whip to NASCAR's mayo. I am not mayo.
Briscoe and Patrick dicing up front just before pitstops - Briscoe has 9 PtP and Patrick has only 6 PtP left
CrashGladys Sooooo, we got mad at Danica for pushing her team under the bus at Indy... and Mario Moraes just blamed his spotter for this crash! Ugh!
MarcoZone MA in for final time.
kvracing After 175 laps, Viso in the #8 PDVSA - KVRT car is running 5th.
IndyCarPR Green flag stops complete Your leader at Texas Motor Speedway is @danicapatrick
LAP 193 - DANICA takes the lead over Briscoe after pitstops - Briscoe and Patrick SbS on a heavy battle. Briscoe takes the position back.
RogerYasukawa @DanicaPatrick looking racy tonight! We need another yellow to make this more interesting.
MarcoZone Marco in 4th after the pit shake down.
99forever WHY AM I WATCHING POWER AND ANDRETTI?! Let me see the battle for the lead, Race Control!! #IZODIndyCar
SpeedFreaks Now THAT's the kind of exposure GoDaddy has wanted! Nice side by side for the lead action there!!! #indycar
LAP 201 - Briscoe, Patrick, Power (needs help with yellows), Andretti, Dixon, Franchitti, Kanaan, Hunter-Reay, Viso, Lloyd are the top 10 for the final 27 laps
toomuchracing There are 20 to go with a 20-sec lap and you're taking an ad break now, despite only just taking one. I thought these guys were better?
BeccyGordon @RyanHunterReay has the fastest lap of the race 215.685... But still has too much push in traffic. He's racing his butt off! So proud.
deferrandragon Briscoe with decent lead over danica
HugoScheckter For some reason I really want danica to win this! Hopefully that phase will pass soon!
TEN LAPS TO GO - Danica has her work cut out for her
IndyCarPR 10 laps to go here at Texas: Briscoe leads by 1.1 seconds.
Will Power will have to come in for a splash
kvracing 4laps remain, Viso is 12th
99forever I'll tell you one thing: Having Danica up front sure has a lot of people caring a whole lot about what's happening up front. #IZODIndyCar
WHITE Flag lap -
CHECKERS Fly - Briscoe wins, Patrick, Dario Franchitti comes in at P6 and and with Will Power coming in at P14 ... takes over the overall season points lead from Will Power by 3 points.
TheEDJE Andretti Autosport has all four cars in the top seven position - WOW!
indy44 Woo Marco couldn't get out of the media center fast enough. It looked cold in there with him and Danica.
Formal Report from IZOD IndyCar Here>>
... notes from The EDJE