Lady In Black Looking To Tame Darlington Racewayby Camille Jones September 2, 2015 0 comments
Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas
After a lack-luster performance at Bristol Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick looks to take on Darlington Raceway as the Lady In Black.
Coming off the final off-weekend of the season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to competition at Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. The race will feature over half the field in throwback paint schemes.
Patrick, however, will have a special message on-board her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet. She will run a black paint scheme, a fitting dedication to the nickname of the track, the Lady in Black. The special paint scheme is to honor small businesses that rely on GoDaddy to promote and operate their businesses.
“The GoDaddy Chevrolet looks great for the race at Darlington,” Patrick said. “GoDaddy helps keep customers in the black and that’s why we’re running this special paint scheme, so I’ll be the lady in black at ‘The Lady in Black’ this weekend. We’re showcasing one of GoDaddy’s successful small-business customers – Val from MotorGrrl – on the car, as well. GoDaddy provides great tools to help small-business owners, like me and Val, succeed. It’s great to have a partner like GoDaddy that supports its customers.”
Patrick returns to Darlington Raceway after three starts at the historical track with a best finish of 22nd in last year’s race.
Sitting 21st in points with only two races left until the Chase, she looks to gain on her competition with a solid finish this weekend, but a win will be her only chance at making this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. After a strong start to the 2015 season, the No. 10 team slipped out of Chase contention after a summer of lap-down finishes and unlucky mishaps.
While Darlington is not always the easiest track to turn a season around, there is no time like the present to work towards that goal.
“You’ve got to stay focused at all times, especially at a place like Darlington, where you have to be up on the wheel for all the corners because they’re all pretty different,” Patrick explained regarding the track. “It’s earned through pushing those boundaries of how high you can take the car and how much speed you can take doing it.”
As one of the most difficult tracks on the Sprint Cup Series schedule, Darlington is one race highlighted and underlined by many drivers and teams as one of the “Crown Jewels” of NASCAR.
Catch the Lady In Black and the rest of her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors as the series makes its Labor Day weekend return to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, September 6 at 7 p.m. on NBC.