Jim Utter writes from Daytona
Danica Patrick was fifth-fastest in Thursday's lone Nationwide series practice session and was pleased with the improvement in the car since Wednesday.
"I was a little loose. I'm still a little loose. But we've done some things to chase that down," she said.
"You know, the big difference for me from last weekend to this weekend is I think the ARCA car rolled through the corner and there was a lot of grip there. The closing rates were not as dramatic as they are in the Nationwide car."
Patrick was 26th fastest in Wednesday'’s session. Qualifying for Saturday's Nationwide race is set for 3:10 p.m. Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
It was May of 2008 when I first wrote about Danica Patrick. My thinking hasn't changed, Dancia is made for NASCAR.
I don't think she'll win races, since open wheel cars are lighter and quicker than stock cars, and I don't think she'll be a match for the heavier cars. I don't care how much time she spends at the gym you can only do so much when you weigh 100 pounds.
Don't get me wrong I think she'll do fine and that's ok. There are a lot of guys out there that get top ten finishes all year long but never see the checkered flag and that's ok for Danica as well.
Reading back over the 2008 post, I'm kind of embarrassed, since I let the story get personal. Check out 100 Pounds of Trouble here.