Duel Race Report
Patrick Finishes 14th in Can-Am Duel
GoDaddy Racing Driver to Start 28th in Daytona 500
Date: Feb. 15, 2018
Event: Can-Am Duel
Format: Twin, 150-mile qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500
Start/Finish: 14th/14th (Running, completed 60 of 60 laps)
Can-Am Duel No. 1 Results
Can-Am Duel No. 2 Results
Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
Can-Am Duel Notes...
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet Camaro, started the second Can-Am Duel race from the 14th position and ran as high as seventh before taking the checkered flag in the 14th position.
When the caution flag waved a lap 12 for a multicar wreck on the backstretch, Patrick impressively maneuvered the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet to avoid the carnage. The team pitted under caution for tires and adjustments to help improve the loose-handling condition Patrick was experiencing.
Despite the adjustments, the handling issues persisted. Patrick ran inside the top-10 for much of the race before finishing 14th.
Based on her finishing position, Patrick will start 28th in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet Camaro for Premium Motorsports
Talk about your race and thoughts on Sunday.
“That was the first time I ever had any cars behind me (this weekend). In practice, we did less than 10 laps just at the back of a group. It’s a handful, no doubt, especially getting into the corner. Handling is definitely going to come into (play on Sunday). I mean it’s nighttime and cool out, but come Sunday in the sunshine, it’s going to be all about handling. Tonight, even at the end, I was just playing it safe. We got really lucky we didn’t get in that first accident. Overall, it was a little too loose to push it. I mean, if I had pushed it, I might have just spun by myself, which that isn’t a very good move.”
The green flag for the 60th running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled to fly at 3:05 p.m. EST on Sunday with live coverage provided by FOX. NASCAR RaceDay on FOX kicks off the day’s TV coverage at 11 a.m. EST, followed by the pre-race show at 1 p.m. Both shows will include a feature segment from a recent sit-down interview between Patrick and FOX reporter Jamie Little ahead of the driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet’s final NASCAR race.