Ed Carpenter Racing’s Danica Patrick in the No.13 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet said she was very happy with her car after she earned a spot in the Firestone Fast Nine for Sunday’s qualifying day for 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Patrick who is competing in the her final Indianapolis 500 set a fastest four lap average speed of 227.610MPH.
Speaking following her run, Patrick said:
“I have high expectations for doing well here. “That’s why I was fortunate enough to be able to drive for Ed. They always have great cars, especially here at Indy, they’re always very strong. I am very happy with this car.”
Patrick who has a strong record at the Speedway including a third place finish here in 2009 went on to say:
Every year is a little different. I remember 13 years ago my first time, similar conditions (to today) early it was overcast and cooler and having to save it in (Turn) 1. I remember that and then I remember years where the car was very neutral the whole way around the track, and looking at the steering trace afterward – and my heart rate is still not down – to times you go out there and it just won’t go fast enough. That gets your heart rate going in a different way. That’s the thing about Indy. It’s unpredictable. It ebbs and flows here. You can go out one day and you’re good and you go out the next day, try some things and wonder how you lost your way. You have to respect that process about Indy that it comes and goes. I am very happy with this car. I am comfortable, (Ed Carpenter Racing) has made me comfortable. We got off on a path that didn’t go very well for a while. The good thing is you come back to it and the car is there. I wish I would have been able to qualify before the rain came. The conditions were probably a little more ideal.”