It's been a rigorous first full Sprint Cup season for Danica Patrick, and the numbers prove it: With fewer than a dozen races left in this inaugural season, she has 1 pole, 1 top-10 finish and 5 laps led.
Kevin Harvick will join a lineup of Danica Patrick and owner/driver Tony Stewart next season, but the team could expand to the series-maximum of four and is targeting 2004 series champion Kurt Busch.
After early struggles, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman posted wins, but Danica Patrick still has a vast amount of work to do.
Danica Patrick was launched into mega-stardom with her fourth-place finish in the Indy 500 in 2005. This time around, in NASCAR's Brickyard 400, she finished an ordinary 30th.
On a superspeedway for the first time since Daytona, the results were decidedly different for Danica Patrick: two races, two crashes, two opportunities spoiled.
Danica Patrick's much-anticipated first full season in NASCAR had its share of highs -- OK, near-highs -- and lows. And then there was the shoe.
In the final Nationwide race of her first full season, Danica Patrick finishes 13th at Homestead and laments a pit strategy that left her lacking in fresh tires.
Crew chief Tony Gibson and his team are fired up to work with Danica Patrick in her Sprint Cup campaign, and it begins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
If the No. 10 car fails to meet the top-35 mark, Danica Patrick will have to qualify at Darlington, and that could put a wrench in some carefully laid plans.