In a race during which much is out of the drivers’ control, and working the draft to utilize their fellow competitors to maneuver to the front is key, it’s common for drivers to wonder who’s got their back leading into the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
As Danica Patrick enters her third full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with the 57th running of the Daytona 500, she has her sights set on winning her first Sprint Cup race. Patrick knows that the Stewart-Haas Racing organization and her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team have got her back as they look to make a run at the Harley J. Earl Trophy. But having the support of her team is only one piece of the puzzle.
Drafting partners come and go in superspeedway races, and it’s not unusual for a driver to go from the front of the field to the back of the pack very quickly, as Patrick learned early in her Sprint Cup career.
In 2013, with a solid restart and drafting help from Clint Bowyer, Patrick rocketed to the front of the field and became the first woman to lead the Daytona 500. At the end of the race, Patrick found herself poised for a top-three finish until a group of cars lined up in the inside lane and powered by on the final lap, leaving Patrick out of the draft. She dropped to eighth before taking the checkered flag.
Determining who’s got your back at Daytona can be difficult, and drivers often get left hanging, much like Patrick did in 2013.
While it may be a struggle to find drafting help at Daytona, small business owners don’t have to wonder who’s there to support them. Patrick’s longtime sponsor GoDaddy is honoring and assisting small business owners with the “GoDaddy’s Got Your Back” contest. Now through the end of the month, people can go to GoDaddy.com/GotYourBack to submit and vote for their favorite small business websites. The top-10 vote-getters will receive a GoDaddy website tuneup, two years of services and expert consultation. In addition, one lucky small business will get Patrick as its own employee for a day.
As GoDaddy strives to help small businesses thrive online, Patrick and her Daniel Knost-led team will kick off the year with the Sprint Unlimited, the non-points race that precedes the official season opener. She will pilot the No. 10 GoDaddy/TaxACT Chevrolet SS in the event and, while winning is the ultimate goal, the 75-lap exhibition race might provide Patrick with the perfect opportunity to find out who’s got her back for the “Great American Race.”