Qualifying has been an obvious weakness for Danica Patrick, but don't expect the new system to provide any magic answers.
Richard Petty's criticism was bound to come up on media day, and Danica Patrick handled the topic deftly. Not only is he entitled to his opinion, she said, but different perspectives make life interesting.
Danica Patrick made her share of mistakes and experienced an ample dose of frustration in her rookie season, but she put a dent in the steep learning curve and can't wait to try again in 2014.
After a 20th-place finish in her final race as a Sprint Cup rookie, Danica Patrick is eager for 2014 to begin.
Danica Patrick finished strong last year in the Nationwide Series, but with two races to go in her rookie Sprint Cup season, she's still struggling.
Danica Patrick and Courtney Force have earned the headlines for women in auto racing thus far this season, but other drivers have had their moments, too.
Danica Patrick concedes it's going to take time -- at least three years, maybe more -- to get comfortable enough in a stock car to compete for a Chase berth, and history supports her claim.
Danica Patrick is still struggling at qualifying on the intermediate and short tracks, finishing 40th or worse four times this season. And that makes the race a challenge.
Danica Patrick surprised even her crew chief with a 12th-place finish at notoriously difficult Martinsville and has gained ground in the rookie of the year race.
Starting dead last after an engine change and racing on the tricky Martinsville track for the first time, Danica Patrick finished 12th, her best result by far since Daytona.
Once adamant that Danica Patrick should spend another full year in Nationwide, former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. now thinks she could win rookie of the year in Sprint Cup.
An African-American female journalist and hip-hop fan covering her first NASCAR race was pleasantly surprised by the racial diversity and number of female fans at the Daytona 500.
Danica Patrick still has a lot to learn in Sprint Cup and, if statistics hold, can expect a humbling rookie year.
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. first bonded at Nationwide rookie meetings in 2010. They've developed a mutual trust and respect -- and have been known to crack each other up.