Danica Patrick reiterated in her media availability in the media center at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday between test sessions that she will not attempt to race in this May’s Indianapolis 500.
She pointed to having the Coca-Cola 600 to race in this year as the main reason she couldn’t do it and wanted to put all of her focus on her rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“I can confirm to you today that I will not be doing the Indy 500,” Patrick said. “I’m just going to do the Coke 600. The team and I decided to focus on Cup. It’s going to be plenty of work as it is. It’s going to be important for me running for the championship full time for the first time to really keep myself focused with the Cup car.”
Patrick could go down as one of the best drivers at Indy to never win the Indianapolis 500, to be honest. She had a best finish of third in 2009 and finished in the top 10 six of her seven tries.
She made the jump full time to NASCAR last year with running a full year in the Nationwide Series. She finished 10th in the standings last season in the second-tier NASCAR series. She also ran 10 races in Cup competition and never was a factor at victory lane in either series. She knows this year is going to be a challenge for her and wants to Stewart-Hass Racing to have her full attention.
“There will undoubtedly be really tough days,” she said. “You can’t let the tough days get you down. I’m sure they’re going to happen.”
Patrick was third quickest in the opening test session this morning in setting her quick time on her ninth and final lap right before the three hour session ended.
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