DANICA PATRICK – 2017 Monster Energy Open Race Report

May 21st, 2017

Event:               Monster Energy Open (non-points event)
Series:               Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:             50 laps, broken into three segments (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
Start/Finish:      9th/5th (Running, completed 50 of 50 laps) 
Winner:            Stage 1: Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2: Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)
Stage 3: Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended on lap 20):

  • Danica Patrick started ninth and finished 10th.
  • The No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford Fusion team dropped back to 12th at the start of Stage 1 as Patrick battled with a loose-handling racecar, but she was able to work her way back up to the 10th position by the end of the stage.
  • At the end of the stage the team pitted for tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. 

Stage 2 Recap (Ended on lap 40):

  • Patrick started sixth and finished seventh.
  • At the end of the stage Patrick radioed to the team that the No. 10 “Wonder Woman”/One Cure Ford was “wicked loose in.”
  • The team changed tires and added fuel between stages. 

Final Stage Recap (Ended on lap 50):

  • Patrick started sixth and finished fifth.
  • Patrick took the green flag in the sixth position, but the caution flag waved before the field made it to turn two for a spin by the No. 34 car. When the field went back to green, Patrick lined up in the fourth position.
  • She lost one spot on the opening lap but maintained the fifth position for the duration of the final stage. 

Notes:

  • As Patrick did not win a stage or the fan vote, she did not advance to the Monster Energy All-Star Race.
  • Patrick’s fifth-place finish marked her career-best effort into the Monster Energy Open. Her previous top finish in the event was ninth. 

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

“The car was just way too loose throughout the race. Nothing seemed to help much at all. I wish we were racing in the All-Star Race tonight, but at least we were more competitive in the Open this year and learned some things for next weekend.”

Next Up:                                                                        

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 28 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The event starts at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.