Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) rallied in the late stages of the AAA Texas 500 to score a 16th-place finish after being scored a lap down to the leader with less than 100 laps to go in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
Patrick started the event from the 11th position but dropped as far back as 29th in the early portion of the race as she battled an ill-handling car. Crew chief Daniel Knost called for air pressure and chassis adjustments on each trip to pit road to help improve the car’s handling.
In the midst of a long, green-flag run, Patrick went a lap down to the leader at lap 255. She was able to work her way back into the top-20 before the caution flag waved for the final time at lap 311. Knost called for Patrick to stay out and take the wave-around, which put her back on the lead lap when the leaders pitted.
In the closing laps Patrick was able to race the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet up to the 16th position before taking the checkered flag.“We struggled a bit with the handling on the GoDaddy Chevy for most of the race, but my team never gave up and we were able to take home a solid finish,” Patrick said.