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Dave chats with JR Motorsports Nationwide driver Danica Patrick about her fourth place finish at Las Vegas this past weekend.
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Starters for -- small. It's Wednesday night at 9 eastern on speed that it's a pleasure to welcome Danica Patrick back to win total Danica congratulations thanks for your time tonight. Now thank you very much Dave -- Well -- you know as well we're 04 place yesterday everybody make it a big deal I'm curious how big a deal -- is do you albeit in your continuing education as a stock car racer progress in NASCAR. Is it a huge to have the highest finish ever for female NASCAR driver. Well. I mean it's it's nice to have those those those records along the way but. Really you know I had goals myself -- that that are just. And driver life goals not. Female calls so -- that I make make make. That picture along the way and then that's great but from me it just does a good accomplishment for the hard work that. Both myself and the team has put it over the last year over a year now. To develop that you know stock car driver and you know such that if -- accomplishment there was there was a good day I think to a lottery just last year that. We had a chance do you know have top ten top fifteen finishes but it seemed like if you look at -- earlier running out something happened and an early -- loudly just you know. Again I just couldn't get -- you know yeah. America -- Did. I know Tony you're junior crew chief had high expectations yesterday he sought top -- coming did you share that optimism that so why what made yesterday's race. I hate that we didn't talk about it no I -- you know I don't know what his answer is the -- asked him. What his goals -- and where he -- think -- should finish but. My idol just -- -- sixteen you know want to start getting into the top fifteen very consistently then knowledge of my goals but actually yesterday. I was saying after the race that I had a secret goal of the top ten because I decide based on last year here and and just more experience -- that might be possible it at Vegas and I didn't get up five pennant but I but I was open for a top candidate didn't want to immediately give them expect. -- looking for that so Internet ticket that. Our won't name names a reporter on this very network within the last few weeks has expressed those skepticism but underground female -- -- -- were manhandled a thirty former pro stock -- How hard is that for you in terms of physical challenges of stock car harder to draw I've been an IndyCar. World main card doesn't have parents Jerry and his staff -- does so and you couldn't dial as much. This much power steering assistant if you want her RI out there. In LA it didn't make it sound easy to drive I play I really think the mental. Mental aspect of the stock cars is pretty incensed not only because the car changes so much but. You know state they distance wise are the same as the IndyCar usually IndyCar races but. You know are you going and it's slower and their can't seem more yellows fell you know they they take longer and you've got to keep your head in the game and there's. 43 cars out there or not Tony tree and you know there's a lot going on in your running really coast to each other and -- he get caught up in an accident thing you know addition status it's a lot going on I think the mental aspect is. It's pretty intense and the stock car. You made the point final question you made the point about not caring so much to be a female racer just -- -- racer. Fact is that a certain amount of Danica mania is based on the fact you're not only a female racer but an attractive female racer how you feel about that. Cool what all the fuss made about you or do you sometimes wish that everybody would just go away WB. A racer racer. Well. -- I never mind get -- think it's really unfair to. You know. BC Mellanby. You know put myself in those positions for I'm -- perceived at the track isn't. And then just say well I don't want people to -- -- the Atlantic -- the other proprietor you know have come. And he had bigger effect cavity stated is a package deal and that's said that for a long long time now and it's not just being able to drive the cars being able to. Talk to sponsors then -- CEOs who talked to -- the media. And you know represent products which. You know that I can replace a model to so -- it not not a model but. You know so I think that -- having a package deal is something that is more and more important all the time and that fact. In this economy and so I'm happy to be that person if if if the -- seeing that -- No person -- in the record book yet again Danica thanks very much congratulations and good luck with both your stock car and IndyCar endeavors as we go forward. Yeah much.