Originally written on Rubbings Racing  |  Last updated 10/2/14

IOWA CITY, IA - JUNE 19: Danica Patrick, driver of the Team Godaddy.com Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda, speaks to the media during a press conference before the IRL Indycar Series Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 19, 2009 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Just one week after her whirlwind Daytona 500, Danica Patrick, and Danicamania for that matter, was brought back to reality in Phoenix. After her history making Pole position and 8th place finish, Patrick’s fan base, and her critics, were setting standards a little too high for this rookie driver. Before her four tires even hit the track at Daytona, most expected Patrick to be a contender in the Great American Race, but I don’t think they really thought she would do as well as she did. But then again, look at her Rookie attempt at the Indianapolis 500. After her 8th place finish at Daytona, just her 11th start in NASCAR’s highest tier, many people were, and still are, expecting Patrick to qualify and finish high is multiple races this season. What they fail to realize is that super speedways are her specialty. She excels at them. The pressure of the high speed chess match out on the track plays well into her hands. Heading into Phoenix, where she finished 17th last season, expectat...
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