Danica Patrick to drive in Daytona Nationwide race
February 12, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Danica Patrick will drive for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway next week.
Patrick, who will drive TSM's third entry in the race, will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro for the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Feb. 22. Mike Greci will serve as the crew chief for the car. Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson will also drive TSM entries for the 300-mile race.
Here's a sneak peak at her paint scheme, courtesy of Turner Scott Motorsports' official Twitter account.
"I’m really looking forward to competing in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona once again and driving the No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro," Patrick said in a release. "Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization and I worked really well with Mike Greci and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year. I know that I’m definitely capable of a win this year working with that group. It just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board; they’re giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Florida."
Last season, Patrick ran in two Nationwide Series races for TSM, finishing 36th at Daytona following an electrical failure and 31st at Talladega because of a crash. She had an average starting position of eighth.
"We are so happy to announce that Danica will be returning to TSM in Daytona," team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. said. "We think a lot of Danica and she was a very strong competitor in both of the races that she ran for us last year. Restrictor-plate racing is tough, but she’s shown a lot of skill at Daytona in the past. I have no doubt that she has everything it takes to bring our car to Victory Lane."
In six previous Nationwide starts at Daytona, Patrick has one pole and a best finish of 10th place. In last season’s Daytona 500, Patrick became the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and finished eighth in the race.
Patrick is entering her second full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing.