Danica Patrick returns to MIS with NASCARWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Danica Patrick will make her first Michigan International Speedway (MIS) stock car start during the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 race on Aug. 14.
Patrick has previously raced in Irish Hills as part of her IndyCar career. Participating in three IRL IndyCar races at MIS from 2005 to 2007, Patrick’s best finish was seventh in 2007.
Her previous IndyCar starts at MIS will help the rookie NASCAR driver at the track.
“It’s always good to have a visual of the track. It’s always very different when you actually get out there from when you can see it in pictures or you’re just standing in the infield,” Patrick said during a press conference June 22. “It’s nice to know those little things, where Pit Road is, and the things you have to get used to very quickly on a race weekend if you’ve never been there.”
“When you put all those new things on top of each other, things feel very chaotic and overwhelming,” Patrick said. “Just having been there and seeing the place and knowing what it’s like and how the track surface is and everything, I think it’s a really nice thing for me to have that going into the race weekend.”
As the race weekend approaches Patrick is looking forward to seeing the differences and similarities at the 2-mile track between the Indy and stock cars.
“I think it will be interesting to see how Michigan will go, since it’s the ‘Car of Tomorrow’, and it’s just one of those sort of big, fast tracks — at least in an IndyCar. I’m curious how it will be in a stock car,” she said.
The Illinois native began racing IRL IndyCar in 2005 and won Bombardier and Chase Rookie of the Year honors. Patrick races the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Honda/Dallara for Andretti Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
In 2008, Patrick became the first woman to ever win an IndyCar race at the Japan 300.
In January, it was announced Patrick would join NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in addition to her IndyCar races. She made her NASCAR debut in February at Daytona and is scheduled to compete in 12 Nationwide Series races this season.
Patrick, who races the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala for JR Motorsports, said she is “eager” to learn her stock car.
“I think that the best thing I can do for myself on the NASCAR weekends is really come up with some realistic expectation levels instead of having them be like IndyCar expectation levels where I’m hoping to win and I’m hoping to finish on the podium, those kinds of things,” she said. “Those are probably a little bit more unrealistic in Nationwide at this point for how much I still have to learn.”
Patrick’s best NASCAR finish this season was 24th in Chicago as of press time.
MIS offers “Danica’s Go with Daddy” special ticket package during the Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend.
The $88 package includes two adult seats and one 12 and younger admission to the Aug. 14 race. Kids 12 and under are free, so additional tickets may be requested to ensure seating.
The package also includes one voucher for a free officially licensed Patrick T-shirt and an MIS hat.
To purchase a “Danica’s Go with Daddy” ticket package, call 800-354-1010.
Tickets for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 are $40 for adults and kids 12 and younger are free. The race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and will air on ESPN.