It’s time for the fourth and final restrictor-plate race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. And for Danica Patrick, she and the GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness team will be bringing a familiar “date.”
Crew chief Tony Gibson has lined up Chassis No. 10-758 for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. And it has been part of plenty of history with Gibson and Patrick.
It was the chassis Patrick used in 2013 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the 55th Daytona 500, where she was the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole position. She led five laps and finished an impressive eighth in the race.
Patrick then took the car to Talladega in May but was caught up in an accident and finished 28th. It was rebuilt for fall Talladega race and Patrick ran well but faded at the end to finish 33rd.
It was used again in May 2014 at Talladega, where she started seventh and led six laps but wound up 22nd. From there, she and Gibson took it in July to Daytona, where she finished and impressive eighth when the race was called due to rain on lap 112.
Now it is time for the final restrictor-plate race of the season and it’s the kind of racing Patrick likes.
It’s wide-open racing where drivers must set themselves up to be in the right position in the final laps.
With just five races left this season, Patrick and Gibson would love to continue their successful ways. The GoDaddy team has finished in the top-20 in six of the last nine races.
They would love to make it seven of 10 come Sunday.
And with a pink car for Breast Cancer Awareness, and one that has been very good to them, anything is possible.