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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, met with media and discussed the learning process for the new race cars, Danica Patrick’s performance at Daytona, his opinion of the Phoenix International Raceway track, and more.
HOW IS THE NEW CAR HANDLING? “So far, so good. We are just a little bit tight, balance-wise; but other than that it drives really good.”
WERE YOU EXPECTING WHAT YOU FELT? “I didn’t know what to expect. It’s a new car and I don’t know how anybody knows what to expect until you get out and run it. So, you guys (media) are going to have the same questions for the next four weeks and we’re still going to be learning for the next four weeks. So, give us about four or five more weeks and we’ll be able to give you a lot more answers than what we’ve got today, so far, on what it feels like.”
LAST WEEK WAS NOT THE WAY YOU WANTED TO START THE SEASON. HOW DO YOU GO FORWARD OR BOUNCE-BACK FROM IT? “Easy. We’ve left there (Daytona) 43rd (in points) and won a championship in ’02. So, you just put it behind you and it’s no different than if you get in a wreck on any other week. You can’t change it. So, you’ve got to focus on what you can change and that’s the week ahead.”
ON HIS HOSPTAL VISIT WITH THE FANS AT DAYTONA “It was good. It was a good visit.”
YOU ARE ONE OF 13 ON THE LIST OF DRIVERS WHO HAVE LED AT THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 AND THE DAYTONA 500. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? “It’s pretty cool. To be honest, as a race car driver, it’s an honor to just be able to compete in both, let alone lead laps. So, the good thing is we’ve got you guys (media) to tell us the cool stats because we don’t know that stuff until you tell us. But, that’s a pretty cool honor to be in a group of 13 people.”
ON DANICA PATRICK’S PERFORMANCE AT DAYTONA “I thought she did a great job last week. She played a very, very smart race because it’s very easy to get over-anxious and want to do better than where you’re at; and cause yourself to have a worse day. And I thought she displayed a lot of patience and that’s really hard to do sometimes. So, I thought she did a great job.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY? WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MEMORY AT PIR? “My favorite memory is oh man; probably the first Copper Classic I ran. The worst memory was the first time they started changing it; and the very worst memory is the second time they changed this track. Every time they change it they keep screwing it up and making it worse. It was really good the way it was. It was a lot of fun back then.”
HOW CLOSE ARE YOU WITH THE CAR RIGHT NOW? HOW MUCH WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE? “I just answered that when you asked the first question about it. We don’t know. We’re in a learning process right now. We’ve got an hour and a half of practice. We’ve got a whole day tomorrow to get ready for the race. Every time we go on the track we’re going to keep learning right now. I just don’t honestly have an answer to that. We just don’t have a lot of time and we’re not going to have for four or five weeks. It’s going to take some time for us to learn these cars and you’re not going to learn it in an hour and a half. If anybody tells you they’ve got it all figured out after an hour and a half of practice, they’re lying to you. You can pretty much write down in stone for the next five weeks that people are going to be learning a lot going to different race tracks and trying to get a handle on what this car is actually going to be.”
YOU TALK ABOUT NOT HAVING ENOUGH TIME AND YET DAYTONA SEEMED LIKE A MILLION PRACTICE SESSIONS. “Well we had all the practice time we wanted at Daytona. Nobody wanted to use that. This is a little different deal here where you’re running by yourself. This is the first time that we’ve all had a new car, guys. We’re not reinventing the wheel. It’s the same thing that we did with we had the CoT car and the same thing that we’ve had every time a new manufacturer had a new body style. So we’re not totally starting from scratch or reinventing the wheel. You’re just going to have to have the time that you do have to learn and everybody has the same amount of time. So, it doesn’t really matter how much time you’ve got.”
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Phoenix- Many outside the NASCAR community thought Danica Patrick had turned the corner and was ready to contend in the NASCAR world. She started on the pole for the biggest race of the season at Daytona International Speedway last weekend and ran up front all race.
Patrick was running third all the way up to the final lap with a shot to win it but made a costly mistake, not making...
Last week she was the belle of the ball in Daytona when she became the first woman to win the pole at Daytona and to lead a lap in the Great American Race. This week she gets a flat and crashes into the wall.
On the upside (which since there was no one hurt I can say that) we get to see the crash from the fan's point of view as well as from a camera in Danica's car--kinda...
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – “We have a lot more history to make.”
Those were the words of Danica Patrick just two Sundays ago following her history-making pole run for the 55th Daytona 500 as she became the first woman to ever earn a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole position.
But those were more than just words for Patrick, the driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for Stewart...
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, was involved in an accident on lap 184 after losing a right front tire. Below are quotes from Patrick after the accident.
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE? “Obviously I blew a right front. No real warning. I wasn’t that tight either; I was sliding a little bit. I felt like most of the day I was chasing the rear. It was a little...
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, met with members of the media at Phoenix International Raceway and discussed her success at Daytona, expectations for weekend at Phoenix, comparison of her first Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 and other topics.
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Danica Patrick's day ended in disappointment after she blew a right-front tire during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway 500 and wrecked on the frontstretch at Phoenix International Raceway.
The accident on Lap 185 was further compounded when David Ragan slammed into her No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevy SS.
"Obviously I blew a right front," Patrick said. "No real warning....
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.
Patrick's 2013 coming-out party at Daytona International Speedway was impressive. She started from the pole, led five laps and ran more circuits (113) among the top-three positions than any other driver before finishing eighth....
Danica Patrick slammed her car hard into the wall during a race at Phoenix International Raceway, but was uninjured.
Patrick blew a right-front tire coming around turn 4 on Sunday and slammed into the wall. She careened back onto the track and was hit hard again by David Ragan, flipping her hood over the windshield and shredding the left front fender.
Patrick coasted to a stop...
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.
Danica Patrick had a difficult finish to the Daytona 500, falling from third to eighth on the final lap.
Some kind words from her owner and the race winner made her feel a little better.
Patrick became the first woman to sit on the pole at the Daytona 500 and raced near the front all day, leading five laps. She only had Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in front of her on the...
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Danica Patrick had one of the hardest hits of her career when her car slammed into the wall at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, but walked away uninjured.
Running 26th with just over 100 laps left, Patrick blew a right front tire coming around turn 4 and slammed the right side of her car into the wall. She careened back...
Danica Patrick struggled with her car all weekend at Phoenix. After qualifying 40th, Patrick made little headway in her second Sprint Cup start of the season.
Just past halfway Patrick cut a tire midway though turn three sending her No. 10 Chevrolet SS into the wall collecting the No. 34 Ford Fusion of David Ragan as she came down the race track.
Patrick was running...
As far as crashes go, this one has nothing on the Daytona 500-like pileups that are common to NASCAR. But it still had to be pretty freaky for Danica Patrick on Sunday when she blew out a tire and suddenly couldn’t see where she was going.
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