With the madness of Daytona Speedweeks and the two-week West Coast swing now complete, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves into a bit of a normal stretch.
Teams and drivers spent 12 days in Daytona Beach, Fla., preparing for the 56th Daytona 500, and then the majority of them spent an additional 12 days out West in Phoenix and Las Vegas for races two and three on the Sprint Cup Series schedule.
This week’s Food City 500 Sprint Cup race represents the “second” start of the season and everyone begins to get into a groove and a routine after a hectic first month.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy/Get Found Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is hoping to build on what was a solid run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend after two rough weeks to start the season.
She was involved in accidents not of her making at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and at Phoenix International Raceway and finished 40th and 36th, respectively.
At Las Vegas, she and the No. 10 team rebounded and were fast most of the weekend. She posted the fifth-fastest lap during Thursday afternoon’s four-hour test session and then was 13th-fastest in Friday’s practice session.
During knockout-style qualifying, Patrick posted the 10th-fastest lap during round one and advanced to round two, where she placed herself 22nd on the starting grid. From there, she continued to raise some eyebrows by turning the sixth-fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session and the fastest 10-lap average.
Patrick rolled off 22nd in the race, fell to 30th in the early going and went a lap down, but she fought her way to a respectable 21st-place result. Her lap times through the second half of the race were among those of the leaders, so there were positive takeaways from the weekend – especially after the previous two weeks.
While Patrick and the GoDaddy team have “found” speed, they’ll also be helping GoDaddy customers “get found” online through the next four races. A special GoDaddy/Get Found logo will appear on the green Chevrolet at upcoming races at Bristol, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, expanded its product portfolio in late January with the introduction of Get Found, which helps small businesses attract new customers via popular destinations including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp.
Using GoDaddy Get Found, businesses can publish critical information like location, phone number, hours of operation, as well as service lists, menus and photos on search engines, social media, top local sites and mobile apps. Additionally, having updated and accurate information across various popular websites increases a customer’s visibility in search engine results.
When consumers search for businesses and see inaccurate or conflicting information, they often go elsewhere. When a business signs up for Get Found and provides its business location, services, contact information, etc., the correct information is automatically pushed everywhere. Business owners are then also able to track where their business is showing up online and verify the correct material is displayed.
Customers using Get Found at launch will be showcased on the Web, mobile sites and apps including Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yelp, Foursquare, YP (Yellowpages), Citysearch, TripAdvisor, OpenTable, Local.com, Judy’s Book, MerchantCircle and MojoPages.
Get Found is an evolution of the Locu product, which GoDaddy acquired in August 2013.
While helping small business “Get Found,” Patrick, crew chief Tony Gibson and the rest of the GoDaddy/Get Found team will look to “find” more success and build on the momentum they have coming out of Las Vegas.