Danica Patrick to Run Nationwide Series Race at Daytona
There is one trait about Danica Patrick that continues to reappear in her NASCAR career is that she is a firm believer in running multiple races per weekend. For 2013, Patrick will be looking to run at least ten Nationwide Series races along with her Sprint Cup campaign. In the 2013 Nationwide Series opener she will look to gain valuable experience by partnering with Turner-Scott Motorsports.
The permanent three car team will be adding a fourth car (no. 34) to the foray with Patrick bringing over GoDaddy.com funding for the race. Veteran crew chief Mike Greci will be on top of Patrick’s pit box, his most recent trip to the Nationwide Series being with Travis Pastrana at Chicagoland Speedway.
Overall, this move does make sense. Patrick needs all the experience she can get at restrictor plate tracks, and the team in Turner-Scott is more than prepared to add an additional car for Daytona. Last year, James Buescher was in Daytona’s historic victory lane in a Turner Motorsports car. The team has become arguably only stronger since then, and all the drivers in the teams stable offer Patrick great drafting partners for the race.
How much can Patrick benefit from running a partial Nationwide schedule? It really depends on how you ask. Some drivers enjoy running as many races as possible for various reasons, whether it be track time or pure necessity for competition. Other drivers view it as something but a petty distraction, and something championship drivers should stay away from.
For someone who is still adjusting to the notion of NASCAR racing, track time is invaluable, and ten races seems like a perfect amount for Patrick, especially if it comes behind the wheel of a car as undeniably fast as the ones from the Turner-Scott team. Expectations are still realistically rather low for Patrick this year, and the experience garnered from this venture may pay big dividends in The Great American Race
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