Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/30/14

MOTEGI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 19: Danica Patrick, drives the #7 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda during the IndyCar Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile on September 19, 2009 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

 

Danica Patrick returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track where she is in the record books as the only female ever to lead an Indianapolis 500 and the highest-finishing female in the event’s history.

When Patrick returns to the Brickyard this weekend, however, she will be at the helm of a 3,450-pound stock car rather than a much lighter IndyCar (1,525 pounds). In seven races in the IndyCar Series at Indy, Patrick has six top-10's with a best finish of third in the 2009 race. 

Currently in her first full NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Patrick has one top-10 finish (eighth at Texas), one Coors Light Pole (Daytona) and has led 18 total laps this year.

Her best series finish came last year at Las Vegas, where she finished fourth. She is currently ninth in the points standings with an average finish of 19.6.

It remains to be seen whether her experience and strong finishes at Indy provide her an edge that many of her NNS competitors don’t have. 

Another driver scheduled to compete in the inaugural event that might have the advantage of experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is former Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr.

In addition, there is a contingent of 19 other drivers entered in the event who have NASCAR Sprint Cup Series experience at the track, including Hornsh Jr. and series championship leader Elliott Sadler.

NASCAR PR, photo courtesy of NASCARmedia.com

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