AVONDALE, Ariz. -- If a driver is only as good as his or her last race, then Danica Patrick deserves to be ranked among the top 10 in the Sprint Cup Series for now.
Patricks 2013 coming-out party at Daytona International Speedway was impressive. She started from the pole, led five laps and ran more circuits (113) in the top three than any other driver before finishing eighth.
This is kind of where the bulk of the season really starts, Patrick said. "Things like being able to get up to speed quickly, knowing what I want in the car, how to push it to its limit and what its limit is are things that are going to begin to be tested now. Thats something that you dont really face at Daytona.
But she did on Friday particularly after qualifying 40th of 43 cars with a lap of 132.890 mph. As Patrick knows, the style of racing at Phoenix International Raceway is completely different.
"It just wasn't great, Patrick said. We kind of had a similar issue in practice as well. Just couldn't get...