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Danica Does Daytona


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick the most popular female race car driver on the planet is currently honing herDanica in Daytona skills at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for her NASCAR Nationwide series debut on Saturday February 13th.

Danica will be driving the No. 7 Chevrolet owned by JR Motorsports; Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick and her crew chief will be Tony Eury Jr.

The two-year deal between Danica and JR Motorsports was announced in 2009 and the hype and plan for her to debut at Daytona began immediately. Patrick’s deal requires her to participate on a limited basis and the word on the street is we should expect her to compete in nearly 20 events in 2010.

Danica came to Daytona for practice sessions on the tri-oval during the winter break and made her ARCA debut this past Saturday. She has garnered a lot of media attention and qualified her Chevy appearing cautious at times while she adjusted to her new vehicle.

During that ARCA race the ride was going smoothly with a little under 30 laps left when Patrick lost control and spun through the tri-oval and the grass eventually making a sweet recovery then working her way back for a 6th place finish. Dale Jr. and the team were very pleased with that inaugural performance.

Danica and the boys played again during Nationwide series practice where she again held her own and grabbed a 26th place finish out of 51 cars, showing she wasn’t afraid to run with the big boys.

Patrick is guaranteed a spot in the race using points from CJM racings No. 11 team that finished 15th in points last season. Tony Eury Jr. was quoted as saying “She just soaks it all up” and she asks a lot of questions.

Taking it all in stride, during a recent television interview Danica said “We kept the car in one piece, I ran out there with some big guys, so that was good.”

Now she will have to earn the same respect of the rest of the competitors in the Nationwide series while she stays focused on making her way to her first trip to a NASCAR victory lane.

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Danica Patrick Takes Test Drive at Daytona International Speedway


DAYTONA BEACH – ESPN reported that Danica Patrick will make her ARCA debut on Feb. 6 at Daytona International Speedway but has Danica Patrick not decided on whether she will begin what will be a 13-race Nationwide Series schedule for JRM at Daytona or wait until the next week at California.

Danica said there’s a 50-percent chance it will happen at Daytona, but first she wants to learn more about the car. She also has to get NASCAR’s approval, which likely won’t come until after the ARCA race.

Danica did take her first test run in Daytona today for the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and completed a total of five laps, reaching a maximum speed of 176.142 mph.

That speed is almost 50 mph off the IndyCar pace at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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