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Danica Patrick has just under two months to go until she takes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final time.
Patrick who will drive the No.13 GoDaddy.com Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 27 was on hand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to unveil the car she will drive in the most famous motor race in the world.
Speaking at a media event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, Patrick commented by saying:
It’s pretty damn real, it’s completely real. “Yeah, I’m excited. It scares me a little bit to look at how small that rear wing is, but hey, I’m sure there’s (downforce) grip somewhere – more grip than I’m used to.”
Patrick joins team owner Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot at the Indianapolis based outfit for the 500. Patrick, who last drove an IndyCar at the end of the 2011 season said:
Everybody’s been great. “Everybody’s been good to work with and fun and easy and working hard and getting the right people involved. Giving us a shot to finish the way I started.
Patrick went on to say:
So since then, I’ve never used a simulator. “I don’t think it’s very realistic. … I think it’s counter-productive or just not productive at all.
The 2008 Indy Japan 300 winner concluded by saying:
For me, it’s just getting a feel for the tendencies of the car in general. “Even if I was getting back in the exact same Indy car that I drove the last time I was in one, I’d still want to know that after being gone so long.
“Just knowing what does a little bit of front wing do, what does a little right rear spring do, what does a stiffer front sway bar feel like. Just little things to change ‘em up and see what the tendencies tend to be with the car. Things that will be go-tos maybe when we get going for real.