Danica Patrick 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
It’s likely that Danica Patrick was the most anticipated driver to move up from the NASCAR Nationwide Series ranks to the full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since Dale Earnhardt Jr. And, right off the hauler, she provided the fireworks becoming the first woman to win a pole in NASCAR’s premier series, for the season-opening Daytona 500 to boot. She finished eighth, her best finish of the season. Under the watchful eye of veteran crew chief Tony Gibson, the Illinois native learned how steep the NASCAR learning curve can be. She placed second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year competition to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Her relationship with Stenhouse also is sure to continue to get a lot of attention.
In 2012, Patrick ran a full season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series while also starting 10 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. At Phoenix International Raceway in the top level’s penultimate race of the year, driving a car entered by Tommy Baldwin Racing, she had her season-best finish of 17th. Patrick’s first national series pole came in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway for JR Motorsports. That season, she also collected four top-10 finishes in NASCAR’s No. 2 series. Her best finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is fourth, which came in 2011 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when she undertook the daunting task of running the IndyCar Series full-time while trying to advance her stock car racing career. Although her best season in the IndyCar Series was in 2009 when she finished fifth in the final standings, Patrick gained worldwide attention in 2008 as the first female to win a premier series IndyCar race at the Motegi oval in Japan.
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Car: No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Hometown: Roscoe, Ill.
Team Owners: Tony Stewart, Gene Haas
Crew Chief: Tony Gibson