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Danica Patrick will run Nationwide race at Daytona for TSM

Feb 12, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

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Danica Patrick will be in action at the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway next week, the DRIVE4COPD 300, in Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro.

“Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization and I worked really well with Mike Greci (crew chief) and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year,” she said in a release. “I know that I’m definitely capable of a win this year working with that group, it just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board; they’re giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Florida.”

Patrick also raced for TSM in last year’s Nationwide curtain-raiser. In 60 career Nationwide starts, Patrick has one top-five finish (fourth at Las Vegas in 2011) and seven top-10 finishes.

She’s traditionally run well at Daytona – even leading some laps early – but has yet to deliver a Daytona finish representative of her efforts in the restrictor plate races, either due to mechanical issues or being caught up in the notorious “Big One” accidents.

Of course, her name was in the headlines earlier this week due to some comments made by Richard Petty.

  1. bcsh8er - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Who f@#$&*@! Cares? Ms. Irrelevant is not going to do anything but crash or finish 28th. NASCAR is soooo in trouble if they keep having to push her down our throats to get attention….

    • convincedofthehex - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Mysoginistic Neanderthal? You clearly have issues with women, sad.

      • bcsh8er - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        No, I do not have a problem with women. I have a problem with a mediocre driver at best being pushed out by the media and NASCAR as something she is not, maybe she was above average(barely) in open wheel, but she is in way over her head in a stock car. She didn’t even win rookie of the year. And as for your smart ass comments, well there a a lot of other women in motorsport that deserve a lot more attention than her. At this point in her career she is just a marketing tool and not a racer. Look at the NHRA, there are some good female racers there and that have accomplished much more on the track(and won) than Patrick and they are not promoted near as much as this bottom tier driver.

      • live4flyday - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Not rooting for an under-performing and win-less driver makes us all Misogynistic Neanderthals? (not correct spelling, enlightened one). Lots of us don’t root for lots of under-performing male drivers. What do you call us? Please stick to synchronized swimming if great driving and achieving the occasional checkered flag on race day doesn’t appeal to you.

  2. banger60 - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Agreed!

  3. onbucky96 - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    So, Danica usually has no chance of winning. And now the Florida Lottery is her sponser? There’s a joke here somewhere…

    • worknman24hours - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      The messed up part is that most of the top drivers in the field call NASCAR a lottery anymore.

      So, Danica is not alone in that situation.

  4. timaug - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    There is a reason HER HANDLERS did not want her running the Nationwide series.
    Its because she would have looked bad there also.

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