Danica Patrick was brimming with optimism about both her chances at Talladega Superspeedway and her future with Stewart-Haas Racing under new sponsorship.
Patrick’s long-time sponsor, GoDaddy.com, announced earlier in the week it would not sponsor her No. 10 Chevrolet next season. She was thankful the decision was made early enough to begin pursuit of sponsorship for 2016.
“It’s a little bit bittersweet,” Patrick said. “I look at pictures of me in the suit and the pictures of the car and I think about I can’t believe it won’t be the green GoDaddy car anymore.”
This is the final year of Patrick’s contract with SHR, but despite speculation where she might end up next season, she said she has no plans to be elsewhere.
“I really am happy at Stewart-Haas and they’re working hard already to find someone for the new primary (sponsorship) position,” she said. “I think at this point in time, we’re moving forward with all those intentions. But I guess it is on some level open season in a lot of areas. So, I don’t think you can ever say never, of course. But I am happy where I’m at right now.”
Patrick has finished 19th and 22nd in her past two Talladega starts and there is a perception that her best tracks are here and Daytona.
“They were in the beginning, especially my opportunities to have really good finishes,” she said. “But I don’t think that’s the case anymore. So now they feel very similar (to other tracks). I’m thinking more about the luck side of it than probably the potential to have my really good races because I feel like we’re able to do that here and there on lots of other tracks now.”