DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Even as her mangled race car belched steam from its radiator in the background, Danica Patrick remained confident she would have good days in NASCAR.
This wasn’t one of them.
Making her NASCAR debut, Patrick ran outside the top 20 for most of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway before getting caught up in a 12-car wreck just past the race’s halfway point.
Patrick was hoping to learn as much as she could about a new style of racing. She ended up going to the school of hard knocks.