Daytona Nationwide Return for Patrick
By: MRN Staff on February 12, 2014 | 2:57 P.M. EST
Patrick will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300. (Photo: Getty Images)
Danica Patrick will make her fifth straight start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway next week, driving the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports.
Patrick will be sponsored by the Florida Lottery in what will be her third consecutive start with TSM dating back to her last series start at Talladega Superspeedway last spring. Veteran crew chief Mike Greci will once again be calling the shots. In Patrick's previous five starts at DIS with JR Motorsports, she's posted one pole - in this event in 2012 - and one top-10 finish, in the July 2011 race.
"Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization, and I worked really well with Mike Greci and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year," Patrick said. "I'm capable of a win this year working with that group. It comes down to making it until the end."
Last year's DRIVE4COPD 300 marked Patrick's debut with TSM. She surged to an early lead before an electrical failure forced her to retire early and resulted in a 36th-place finish. Patrick started 12th and led five laps before heading to the garage on Lap 31.
"We think a lot of Danica and she was a very strong competitor in both of the races she ran for us last year," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "Restrictor-plate racing is tough, but she's shown a lot of skill at Daytona in the past. I have no doubt that she has everything it takes to bring our car to Victory Lane."
Along with Patrick, TSM will field cars for Kyle Larson and Dylan Kwasniewski.
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 12:45 p.m. (ET) - with live streaming at MRN.com.