Danica Patrick said that having her old engineer Matt Barnes with her at Ed Carpenter Racing for the Month Of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made it easier to drive the new IndyCar aero kit.

Patrick said:

My old engineer Matt (Barnes) ran me today. “He made it easier to drive. It’s still not by any means where I want it, but it was enough that we could complete today.

“I think that once I’m flat out the whole way around, I’m feeling comfortable, feeling the changes, you can really work from there.

It has been seven years since Patrick drove an IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and she commented on this saying:

“It’s been seven years since I drove an Indy car here. Yeah, it’s been a long time.

“So I just wanted to get through today, get more comfortable, be able to get on with the job. There’s been a lot of anticipation on this day for me.”

Patrick is back on track at the Speedway today for the manufacturer test with Chevrolet and will return to the Brickyard along with the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field for the start of testing for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 15th.


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