DANICA PATRICK – 2017 Kansas I Race Report

Event:               Go Bowling 400 (Round 11 of 36)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish:      24th/36th (Accident, completed 199 of 267 laps) 
Point Standing: 33rd (115 points, 360 out of first)
Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended on lap 80):

  • Danica Patrick started 24th and finished 23rd.
  • The No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford Fusion team dropped to 27th in the initial laps of Stage 1 as Patrick battled a loose-handling racecar. Later in the stage the car developed a tight-handling condition as Patrick ran the high line.
  • The team pitted a total of three times for fresh tires, fuel, air pressure and packer adjustments, and tape was added to the grille to address the handling issues.
  • When the team pitted at lap 52, NASCAR penalized Patrick for speeding on pit road. She had to restart at the tail end of the field in the 33rd position when the green flag waved at lap 55. In the final laps of the stage, Patrick raced her way back up to the 23rd position. 

Stage 2 Recap (Ended on lap 160):         

  • Patrick started 26th and finished 12th.
  • After the adjustments made in the first stage, the No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford’s handling significantly improved as the team entered Stage 2, and Patrick worked her way into the top-15.
  • Patrick was scored as high as 11th before ending Stage 2 in the 12th position.
  • The team pitted three times during the stage for tires, fuel and adjustments.

 Final Stage Recap (Ended on lap 267):

  • Patrick started 10th and finished 36th.
  • Patrick ran as high as 10th in the final stage and was scored in the 11th position when the field went back to green at lap 198. On the following lap, she was collected in a multicar accident in turn one.
  • The No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford sustained significant damage, and the team was not able to continue, relegating Patrick to a 36th-place finish. 

Notes:              

  • Following the accident, Patrick was evaluated and released from the infield care center.
  • She is now ranked 33rd in the driver point standings. 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“We were having a really good race and having fun out there and had a lot of speed. I kind of felt like Wonder Woman for a little while. All I know is that I all of a sudden I was crashed. Joey (Logano) said he had a failure and that’s what caused it. I hope Aric (Almirola) is okay.” 

Next Up:                                                                        

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday, May 20 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, preceded by the Monster Energy Open. Live coverage on FS1 of the Open event starts at 6 p.m. EDT, while the All-Star Race coverage begins at 8 p.m.