Found September 29, 2012 on
Danica Patrick will be in good hands when she runs her first full season in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.
Stewart Haas Racing is looking to support Patrick with the veteran crew that currently services the No. 39 team and Ryan Newman.
"That's what we're looking at," says Patrick's current Cup crew chief and SHR Competition Director Greg Zipadelli. "We sat down and talked with all the guys about it, and we just feel that they're a real solid group of people. They have great attitudes, pretty upbeat.
"We feel like that's the best thing to do is surround Danica with a really great group of people that don't normally make mistakes. They don't have issues. I look at them as generally, their glasses are always half-full. I think that's the best thing for her."
Patrick, 30, is in her first full season in the Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports. She's currently 11th in the point standings. She debuted in 2010 and ran a limited schedule the first two seasons with her career-best finish of fourth occurring at Las Vegas in March 2011. Her first NNS pole was earned at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Patrick made her Sprint Cup debut in the Daytona 500 but was wrecked on the first lap. In five additional Cup starts, Patrick posted her best finish of 25th at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 16th. Patrick will run her seventh Cup race Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
Crew chief Tony Gibson currently leads the No. 39 crew. The veteran pitboss made his Cup debut with John Andretti in 2003. He's since worked with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin at Dale Earnhardt Inc. He brought his DEI crew with him to SHR and for the last four seasons has worked with Newman. Gibson has qualified for two of the last four Chase for the Sprint Cups with his best showing coming in 2009 when the team finished ninth. In the last four seasons, the pair earned three wins together, most recently at Martinsville Speedway.
"I love the guy, I really do," Zipadelli said. "His guys, win, lose or draw, no matter what, their attitude is always upbeat and that's what she needs to be surrounded with."
Zipadelli has a short list of crew chiefs for Newman but considering that most are still under contract with other teams he elected not to comment.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Danica Patrick encouraged her team to "just have a good day" at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.
Considering she survived the Monster Mile on the lead lap, Patrick has nothing to complain about.
Patrick rolled off 25th and finished 16th as Joey Logano won his seventh Nationwide Series race of the season.
Because of solid adjustments and stellar pit stops, Patrick...
anica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, met with members of the media at Dover International Speedway and discussed racing at Dover, the comparison of Dover to Bristol, how things are going with her new Nationwide Series crew chief and much more.
TALK ABOUT RACING HERE AT DOVER. “Unfortunately I don’t have as much experience and as many laps as I would like to...
Danica Patrick finished 28th in the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
Patrick, who drives the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing via a collaborative agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing, was making her seventh Sprint Cup Series start and her first at the fast, challenging 1-mile concrete oval.
“I was a little...
Danica Patrick appears set to work with Ryan Newman's crew for her fulltime Sprint Cup ride in 2013.
Stewart-Haas Racing would like to ease Patrick's transition by letting her work with crew chief Tony Gibson and his team. Newman, who drives the No. 39 for SHR, would then be in the market for a new crew chief.
''I'm just kind of looking at what's best for...
KANNAPOLIS, N.C., – Danica Patrick has raced on concrete surfaces many times during her career, having done so in IZOD IndyCar Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Nationwide Series and even NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
But she knows as well as anyone that her concrete starts in four different racing series can’t fully prepare her for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint...
Sprint Cup competitors have another reason to fear Jimmie Johnson.
If the five-time champion's career stats at Dover International Speedway weren't staggering enough -- with seven wins in 21 starts and an average finish of 8.9 -- then his performances over the last four seasons should be.
In the last seven races at Dover, Johnson has won four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup events...
DOVER, Delaware – Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, posted the seventh fastest lap for Sunday’s 43rd annual AAA 400. Gordon will be gunning for his fifth win at the “Monster Mile”.
Ryan Newman, No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, will roll off eighth for tomorrow’s race. Newman is one of many Chevrolet drivers with multiple wins at Dover International...
Chevrolet drivers have won 37 of 104 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Wins by active drivers are: Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet, has seven (7) wins at Dover (’02 – TWICE, ’05, ’09 – TWICE, ’10 & ’12), Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, has four (4) victories at Dover (’95, ’96 – TWICE & ’01), Ryan Newman, No....