Danica Patrick Prepares For The Go Bowling 400 at Kansas

Danica Patrick

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (May 3, 2016) – In the “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy clicked her heels and said, “There’s no place like home,” in order to return to her home in Kansas.

 

After a top-10 run at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway was derailed by a late-race accident, the timing couldn’t be better for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to return to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

 

Entering the weekend, Patrick is looking to score results similar to her May 2014 performance at the 1.5-mile track, when she started ninth and finished seventh. The effort was one of two times in her career she has started and finished in the top-10, with the other being the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where she started on the pole and finished eighth.

 

Patrick ran well throughout the night at Kansas that year and was scored as high as third late in the race before finishing seventh.

 

After finishes of 27th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, 24th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and 24th at Talladega, Patrick is looking to get back to a track where she’s found success at every level she’s competed. In addition to her success at Kansas in the Sprint Cup Series, she earned a top-10 run at the track in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition in October 2012. She also has one top-five and three top-10 results in the IndyCar Series at Kansas, and she scored an IndyCar pole there in July 2003.

 

Given her history at the track, Patrick hopes a return to Kansas this weekend will end with her No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet finding similar success at the 1.5-mile track.

 

DANICA PATRICK, Driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing: 
What are your overall thoughts on going back to Kansas this spring?

“I’ve always liked going to Kansas. It’s a nice facility and I’ve got a lot of experience there compared to some places, even if a lot of it is in IndyCar.”

What is the hardest part of the track to figure out at Kansas?

“It’s a fast track. I think it’s the same problem we face at most tracks we go to – you have to get through the center well enough to be comfortable enough to be very aggressive with the throttle at the same time. I think that, for sheer speed, you can’t be too loose, but in the race you can’t be too tight or you’ll fall back.

“These cars are finicky. It’s about focusing on the small things and getting the most out of the car itself instead of trying to throw the kitchen sink at it if you’re a little off. It’s all in the little details. I think that’s the most important thing”

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. What has your mother meant to you?

“She’s just a great, great person. She’s kind and she’s always been someone I go to when I need to be comforted. I feel like that’s the role of moms, and my mom definitely does a great job with that. I wish my mom and dad could be at the race every weekend, but they make it to as many as possible. I’m very grateful to have such great parents and I’m glad they’ll be at the track with me this weekend in Kansas.”

Nature’s Bakery Racing Team Report

Round 11 of 36 – Go Bowling 400 – Kansas

Car No.: 10 – Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS

 

Teammates: 

Kevin Harvick – No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS

Tony Stewart– No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS

Kurt Busch – No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet SS

 

At-Track PR Contact: Jessica Brown, True Speed Communication (704-875-3388 ext. 808, Jessica.Brown@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team Members:

Driver: Danica Patrick

Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois

 

Crew Chief: Billy Scott

Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, Florida

 

Car Chief: Pete White

Hometown: Hinsdale, Massachusetts

 

Engine Builder: Hendrick Motorsports

Headquarters: Concord, North Carolina

 

Engine Specialist: Todd Hamm

Hometown: Kutztown, Pennsylvania

 

Spotter: Brandon Benesch

Hometown: Cumberland, Wisconsin

Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Gas Man: Tony Cardamone

Hometown: Bristol, Virginia

 

Front Tire Changer: Eric Maycroft

Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois

 

Second Gas Man: Seth James

Hometown: Fairbury, Nebraska

 

Front Tire Carrier: Matthew Holzbaur

Hometown: New Egypt, New Jersey

 

Windshield: Kyle Anderson (also serves as interior mechanic)

Hometown: Jewell, Iowa

 

Rear Tire Changer: Jonathan Sherman

Hometown: Monroe, Louisiana

 

Jackman: Nate House

Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina

 

Rear Tire Carrier: Jeremy Howard

Hometown: Dalhart, Texas

Road Crew Members:

Truck Driver: Wayne Anderson

 

Hometown: West Covina, California

 

Tire Specialist: Nathan McGuire

Hometown: Palmyra, New York

 

Shock Specialist: Jimmy Rowlands

Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania

 

Engineers: Oliver Rivera and William Lee

Hometowns: Houston and Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, respectively

 

Underneath Mechanic: Nick McIntosh

Hometown: Havre, Montana

 

Front End Mechanic: Joey Elliott

Hometown: Northwood, New Hampshire

Go Bowling 400 Notes of Interest: 
  • The Go Bowling 400 will mark Danica Patrick’s 129th career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and her eighth at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. She finished a career-best seventh there in May 2014. In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts there, she finished a career-best 10th in October 2012. Patrick has also made six IndyCar Series starts at Kansas. In 2005, she scored the pole award for the Argent Mortgage 300, and she earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes at the track in that series.
  • Nature’s Bakery Fantern at Kansas: Kayla Thomas, a NASCAR fan who resides in Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas, will join the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery team Saturday at Kansas as the latest Nature’s Bakery Fantern. The Fantern program was launched in January to energize fans with an opportunity to participate in a unique, at-track journey with Patrick and the No. 10 team. Thomas’ race-day experience will include spending time with the Nature’s Bakery pit crew, a tour of the Sprint Cup garage and pit area, meeting Patrick and watching the race from pit road. The fan internship program is slated for 26 race weekends this season. U.S. residents can visit www.NaturesBakery.com/Fantern to apply to be a part of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery team. Fans have two options to submit their applications for the role: submit a one-minute video, or several photos accompanied by a 500-word essay detailing why the fan should be selected as the next Nature’s Bakery Fantern. Each Nature’s Bakery Fantern will get to bring a guest to the track to share in the special at-track journey with the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery team. Fanterns will share social media content from their at-track adventure utilizing the #Fantern hashtag.
  • Dallas Dogs Available: A plush version of Dallas Stenhouse, the 2-year-old miniature Siberian Husky that belongs to Patrick and her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is now available for sale. Race fans can purchase their own Dallas plush dog at the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team store in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the SHR online store and atShop.DanicaPatrick.com. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will benefit animal charities.
  • For the History Books: Since Patrick began competing in NASCAR on a part-time basis in 2010, she has made plenty of history. Here is a recap of how she has altered the record books through the years:
    • ​Became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying for the 2013 Daytona 500.
    • Led laps 90 to 91 of the 2013 Daytona 500, becoming the first female to lead NASCAR’s most prestigious race. She also led laps 127 to 129.
    • Became the first woman to lead a NASCAR race under green (Daytona 2013). Janet Guthrie led five laps under yellow in 1977 at Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway.
    • Finished 2013 Daytona 500 in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.”
    • Finished 10th in 2012 Xfinity Series points, the highest points finish by a woman in the history of NASCAR’s top three series (Sprint Cup, Xfinity, Truck).
    • Competed in every Sprint Cup race in 2013, becoming the first female driver to complete an entire season in the series.
    • Became the first female to compete in the nonpoints Sprint All-Star race (2013) and Sprint Unlimited (2014).
    • Have the most starts of any female in Sprint Cup Series competition.
    • With six top-10 finishes, holds the record for the most top-10 finishes of any female in Sprint Cup Series competition.
  • History Maker in IndyCar: Patrick became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series in April 2008 by winning the IndyCar Series Japan Indy 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan.
  • Big Stage: In seven Indianapolis 500 starts, Patrick finished in the top-10 six times, including a third-place result in 2009, the best finish ever for a woman in the historic race.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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