Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with the goal of gaining momentum on the 2015 season’s second 1.5-mile oval.
After earning a 21st-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, Patrick and her team went to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the start of the “regular” Sprint Cup season. Patrick started the race from the 18th position and, while her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet displayed notable speed, she had to overcome an electrical fire underneath the dash of her car that left her without a working tachometer and with handling issues. Despite the adversity, Patrick and her team rallied. Crew chief Daniel Knost called for adjustments that helped improve her car’s handling over the remainder of the event and she was able to score a 16th-place finish.
With last weekend’s race behind them, Patrick and her team head to Las Vegas for Sunday’s 400-mile event. The 32-year-old driver has made two Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas and earned finishes of 21st in 2014 and 33rd in 2013.
While she’s yet to finish inside the top-20 at the Sprint Cup level at Las Vegas, Patrick is no stranger to success at the 1.5-mile oval. In 2011, Patrick brought home a fourth-place finish in Xfinity Series competition at the track. That effort marked the best-ever finish by a woman in a NASCAR national stock-car series, topping a fifth-place run by the late Sara Christian in a Sprint Cup race in 1949 at Heidelberg (Pa.) Raceway.
With that experience in her back pocket, Patrick and her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet team are looking to score a solid Sprint Cup finish in Las Vegas.