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Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing - Q&A

No. I mean, I just think there's less risk in finding the limit on a track that you're not going as fast on. I think that's a little bit a part of it as opposed to when you're at Fontana and it's a tricky track and you're carrying a lot of speed, and the consequences seem a little bit bigger when you try and find the limit there than at a short little track here like Martinsville.

I think that might be kind of it. I'm not 100 per cent sure. All I can say is that I know that a car that's comfortable to drive always makes a huge difference.

Q:
As a follow to what you just said, when you were racing Tony for 16th with about 35 laps to go, did it enter your mind at all that maybe it would be a good idea to let him in, or is he just another driver on the track at that point?

Danica Patrick:
No, we were racing for position, so it didn't cross my mind to let him in. I went underneath him to go by him. No, all that crossed my mind is that I just - I'd be fair and give room and run hard, and if I get the spot, great; if I don't, you lost it to a guy like Tony Stewart.

But no, I'm out there to race, and I don't think Tony would want me to lift.

Q:
On Friday you said that you didn't quite know about Martinsville. Do you like it now? What's your feeling about it? Nothing to it?

Danica Patrick:
Turn left. Left, brake, left. You know, as I said earlier, we did kind of answer this, but - or I did, I had a pretty good car from the start, so it was comfortable, wasn't really fighting anything huge. A little loose in.

But I didn't know what to expect, but I said that I feel like finding the limit on a short track where you're going a little slower is a little bit - there's a little less penalty there, a little less risk than finding the limit on a really big track where you're doing 200 miles an hour and you get sideways and you don't always catch those. I guess that's probably the comfort level for me.

I felt like it was kind of traditional passing here, setting it up and getting your nose in there, a little bit more road course style, so that might have some effect because I've done so much of that.

But good car, steady day. I got a lot of advice on keeping my head cool and just letting things go. Nobody has straight fenders after the race, although Jimmie might. Does Jimmie have all of his fenders straight?

Clint Bowyer:
Every one of them.

Is there any truth to the rumour that you're probably driving home because of the Ricky battle? Is there any truth to the rumour that maybe this could cause a little turmoil there?

Danica Patrick:



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TonyO - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 7:50 PM

Great run from Danica. She was patient when she was 2 laps down and happily traded paint with the boys and beat many big names as well. I know she was pushed into the #88 but I laughed so loud when she span Joonya out!!!



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