The results -- two top-10 finishes, six top-20s and a significant improvement in qualifying -- say Danica Patrick is making strides. Her crew chief thinks a top-5 -- and even a win -- could be just around the corner.
As the World Cup kicks off, espnW.com takes a quick look at the top players and storylines in Brazil. From Argentina's "Flea" to Portugal's prodigal son to the latest superstar No. 10 for Brazil, we get you primed for futebol's biggest stage.