Danica Patrick will be making her return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the World’s Fastest Half Mile.
Patrick will return to the No.10 car of Stewart-Haas Racing months after her last cup race. The race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway will be Patrick’s first race back in the Cup car after her last race at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.
Heading into Bristol, Patrick will be looking to improve in a cup car. In three-cup series starts, Patrick has gone on to improve her performance from previous races. In her first Cup race at the season opener, the Daytona 500, the driver of the No.10 Go Daddy car qualified 29th and finished 38th after a wreck in the opening laps. She only completed 138 laps out of the 202.
As the 2012 season continued, Patrick’s following races from her limited schedule continued at Darlington. During her appearance at the Lady in Black, Patrick would improve her finish by finishing 31st. Patrick would also end with 362 laps out of 368 completed. Her last appearance was one of Patrick’s longest race of her career, the Coca-Cola 600, where she posted a top 30 finish and five laps behind the leader.
Since Patrick’s first cup race, she has improved on her finishes. In her second race, she finished seven spots ahead of her first cup finish. By her third appearance, it was a spot higher. She has also managed to minimize the number of laps between her and the leaders. Although she has improved on her finishes, she has qualified in the back of the field, qualifying 29th at Daytona, 38th at Darlington and 40th at Charlotte.
In three starts, Patrick has posted an average finish of 33.0 and an average start of 35.7.
Going into Bristol, Patrick will race in at the half-mile track for the first time in a cup car. It will also be the first time she races at the track with the latest changes, making the new Bristol back into the old Bristol. Patrick has raced at Bristol in the Nationwide Series car, where she posted a 33rd place finish in the 2011 Spring race, as well as finishing 19 in the 2012 spring race.
The weekend at Bristol will feature Patrick doing double duty with the Nationwide Series race Friday night and the Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night.