NASCAR announced that Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick had been fined $20,000 for walking toward the racing surface after she was involved in a crash with fellow driver Kasey Kahne at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Danica Patrick was contending for a top-20 finish until she tried to pass the lap-down car of Kasey Kahne. He apparently misjudged the length of his nose and spun the fast femme into the wall on lap 122 of the Auto Club 400.
The Kobalt 400 will mark Danica Patrick’s 121st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her fourth at Las Vegas.
Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) scored a 20th-place finish in Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing will make the switch from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017, according to a report by NBC’s Nate Ryan.
Jimmie Johnson spun in turn one of the final lap of the second Can Am Duel in Daytona. He collected five other cars. Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, and Danica Patrick were also involved. Johnson appeared to be blocked by Jamie McMurray before spinning. Patrick spun while passing the crash scene, probably after running over fluid.
By winning the pole in her rookie Daytona 500 and finishing eighth in that event, Danica Patrick developed a reputation for being a solid restrictor-plate, superspeedway performer, but that is one of only two top-10s in 13 starts for the formidable femme.
Billy Scott has been named crew chief for the No. 10 team of Danica Patrick.
Danica Patrick (#10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS) finished 24th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
TaxAct has extended its partnership with Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).
Danica Patrick hopes that she can regain her early season form on short tracks this weekend. She finished seventh in the first Martinsville Speedway race and followed that up with a ninth at Bristol Motor Speedway in her next attempt. Since then her best result on a course less than a mile in length was a 25th.
A top-15 finish is doubtful for Danica Patrick this week. In 31 career attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, she has scored only two top-15s and three more 16th-place results.
Danica Patrick was notably quick in the Friday morning practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400. She posted a time of 121.591 mph during her 40th to 49th laps on the track. That ranked her fourth in that session.
Danica Patrick failed to advance into the top 24 in round one of qualification and was forced to make a second attempt. During that attempt, she slapped the wall to earn her first Darlington Stripe of the weekend.