Danica Patrick with representatives from Aspen Dental unavailing her new 2014 paint scheme for Las Vegas and Atlanta 2014; Photo Credit: Alan Covanna
The Bank of America 500 wasn’t the most exciting race of the season. With long green flag runs and no carnage, it made for a long race with an exciting finish.
For Danica Patrick, the race started off with pit road issues when Paul Menard collided with her left rear, spinning her backwards into her pit box. Her team changed her right side tires before turning her around and sending her back onto the track to then pit for left sides. Besides the debacle on pit road, Patrick’s day was spent working her way up though the field.
Although she had a fast racecar, the long green-flag runs and lack of cautions made it impossible to make up track position but Patrick finished a respectable 20th.
“We didn’t have a great starting spot with our GoDaddy Chevy, and as always at these mile-and-a-halfs, track position is really important…”Patrick said. “All we needed really was track position and more yellows so we could get back on the lead lap. The team did a really great job of working through practices, and my pit crew did an awesome job of getting me out in record time. I’m just really proud of this team because we made improvements all night, and I’m glad that we were able to have a solid run with this pink car and help GoDaddy and .ORG promote breast cancer awareness this month. I think in the end, we just needed track position.”
This weekend, the series heads to the Super Speedway known as Talladega and its no secret that Danica Patrick is excited for this race. In the first race of the season, Patrick rewrote history when she became the first woman to sit on the pole for the Daytona 500. Talladega, Daytona’s sister track, is just as fast and plays well into Patrick’s skill-set.
“I feel more comfortable,” she said in a press release. “I felt really comfortable at Daytona, in general, but I think I’m realizing how important it is throughout the race to try things and practice taking runs and things like that and being a little bit more brave without worrying about what happens as a result, And knowing that, as long as you don’t lose the draft, you can be set up for the end of the race.”
Looking ahead to 2014, Stewart-Haas Racing and Danica Patrick have a new primary sponsor for at least two races next season. Aspen Dental, who sponsored Ryan Newman this season, will move over to the No.10 Chevy for the Las Vegas and Atlanta races next season.
“The addition of a new partner to the No. 10 Chevrolet is a big milestone for me, and I feel fortunate to have Aspen Dental join GoDaddy beginning in 2014,” Patrick said in a press conference earlier today. “I was in Syracuse a few weeks ago to meet the Aspen team and was impressed by their commitment to making sure people have access to quality oral health care. I’m proud to team up with Aspen Dental and shine a spotlight on a part of health care that doesn’t get a lot of attention.”
Aspen Dental has been with NASCAR for many years, and is currently sponsoring the No.39 of Ryan Newman. President and CEO of Aspen Dental Bob Fontana is excited to continue with SHR and looking forward to bringing in Patrick as their new spokeswomen.
“We’ve been proud to be a part of the Stewart-Haas Racing family for the past two years and are thrilled to team up with Danica,” said Bob Fontana “As part of our mission to give America a healthy mouth, we’re dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of oral health care, and Danica’s connection with racing fans will help us turn up the volume on that conversation.”
GoDaddy.com will continue to be the primary sponsor for the remaining 36 races in 2014.