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Danica Patrick returns to Nationwide Series for Daytona

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Danica Patrick is slated to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the fifth time on Feb. 22, according to an announcement on Wednesday from Turner Scott Motorsports. For the second year in a row, she'll be driving a Chevrolet entry for TSM in the Nationwide race at Daytona. For the 2014 edition of the event, she'll be behind the wheel of the No. 30, and just like last year, Mike Greci will be her crew chief.

"We are so happy to announce that Danica will be returning to TSM in Daytona," Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr. said. "We think a lot of Danica, and she was a very strong competitor in both of the races that she ran for us last year. Restrictor plate racing is tough, but she's shown a lot of skill at Daytona in the past. I have no doubt that she has everything it takes to bring our car to victory lane."

Patrick finished 36th in the Daytona race last year for TSM. She also raced for the team in the 2013 Nationwide event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, posting a 39th-place finish. She competed in the February race at Daytona for JR Motorsports from 2010 to 2012, with a best finish of 14th coming in the 2011 race. She posted a top-10 finish at Daytona in the July 2011 race there, finishing 10th.

"I'm really looking forward to competing in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona once again and driving the No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro," Patrick said. "Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization, and I worked really well with Mike Greci and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year. I know that I'm definitely capable of a win this year working with that group. It just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board. They're giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Flordida."

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