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Patrick Ready for 2014 Season

Patrick Ready for 2014 Season

by November 16, 2013 0 comments

Photo Credit: Harold Hinson for Chevrolet

HOMESTEAD, Fla — In her first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Danica Patrick hasn’t set the world on fire.  That’s pretty obvious.  But the driver of the GoDaddy Chevrolet says she looks forward to 2014 and better things next year.

“The biggest learning curve is usually the first year, so the most has been learned this year and I just look forward to the results improving.  I look forward to better weekends and that with hard work will happen in return. So the first year is just about done.” Said Patrick

Patrick jokes that’s she’s also looking forward to not having to attend the mandatory rookie meeting each week that NASCAR has.

“No more rookie meetings, well, that is not true.  Apparently the rule-book says that they decide when you are not a rookie anymore.  So hopefully no more rookie meetings.”

While Patrick’s highlight of the season came back at Daytona in February, winning the pole and running up front for most of the Daytona 500, 2013 has been a year of learning for the rookie.

Patrick says she’d like to run more Nationwide races in the future, at tracks she thinks she’s struggled at in the Cup Series.

“I would like to do more Nationwide races.  I think 10 would be really nice to be able to do to mix in some races that I feel like I just need more track time overall on the weekend to races that I feel like I can finish well.  I think that a mix of both of those would be a lot of fun and good for me.”

While the debate has been hot in past season over Cup guys running in the lower divisions, and that’s a topic for another day.  She feels that it’s great for the sport and is beneficial for both Cup owners and up and coming drivers in those series.

“I think that it is a good thing to have Cup guys to be able to run in Nationwide.”

“It allows certain drivers to be able to get more publicity for their results, but most importantly I think it allows Cup teams to be able to see what drivers in the Nationwide Series and Truck Series for that matter can do against the guys that go out and win in the Cup Series.  “

“It gives the drivers a good marker to what you need to do and how you need to run.  I think it’s a good thing.”

Patrick will take a few weeks off following Homestead and spend time with family over the holiday’s and then it’s back to work testing and preparing for 2014.

“I’m sure I will find myself at Nashville a couple of times next year at the beginning of the year testing those things out.  Then we will be ready to start the season. I think it goes by very quick.”

Chris Owens
For years, Chris has been traveling the country shooting photos capturing some of the sport's most unique moments and writing articles about grassroots racing and the NASCAR. Chris is the track photographer for Dillon Motor Speedway, and he has created websites for regional racing media outlets as well as for a few clients in the various traveling Late Model divisions. He also created a website for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Danny Efland.

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