Danica Patrick thought the combination of seven IndyCar starts at Sonoma and solid performances in Nationwide Series road course races would help her in the Sprint Cup car Friday.
Instead, she fought an unruly No. 10 Chevrolet throughout practice.
“I had hoped that being here before would have made it a little better for me out there, but it just didn’t,” Patrick told reporters Friday between practices. “The car just didn’t feel very good. It just feels like it’s all over the place—it’s loose, it’s tight, it’s loose, it’s tight.
“It just doesn’t feel very settled, so I feel that we still have a lot of work to do.”
Patrick was 31st fastest in opening practice, which puts her sixth in group No. 3 for Saturday’s time trials, right behind her nemesis, Jacques Villeneuve, who dumped Patrick out of a top-five finish at Road America last year.