With Memorial Day in the books, Danica Patrick and the other 42 drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series look forward to the unofficial start of summer – 400 miles at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
The FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race kicks off the month of June and begins the warm weather and northern swing on the schedule.
For Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), she’s hoping she can continue to improve on what was an impressive month of May. She qualified seventh at Talladega, ninth at Kansas and then a season-best fourth last week at Charlotte.
She finished a career-best seventh at Kansas, but then blew an engine while competing in NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, and finished 39th.
But the emotions remain high for Patrick and the GoDaddy team as they head into June and, specifically, Dover.
The concrete mile oval’s 24-degree banking in the turns and 9 degrees on the straightaways, and being surrounded by 42 other Sprint Cup machines each producing nearly 900 horsepower, equate to one challenging race for any driver.
A good car (and a little luck) can mean good things at Dover and Patrick is prepared to seize on that opportunity should it present itself.
But after their strong May, Patrick, crew chief Tony Gibson and the rest of the GoDaddy team are ready.