Danica Patrick’s Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) No. 10 Florida Lottery/GoDaddy Chevrolet SS will feature the orange and pink colors of Florida Lottery on the front of the car, joining the GoDaddy green on the back for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.
Patrick will drive the Florida Lottery car in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 as part of a two-race package. Florida Lottery will also join GoDaddy in the season finale in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the other Florida stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
“I am ready,” Patrick said in a Coke Zero 400 team release.” It’s a bit odd with practice on Thursday, only qualifying on Friday and then the race on Saturday. I’ve got some appearances with Coke Zero and Florida Lottery this weekend and something for Haas Automation, too. It’ll be busy, but I’m prepared and I know the weekend will be fun.”
The Coke Zero 400 marks the second time the Sprint Cup and Nationwide drivers will test their skills on the 2.5-mile Daytona Beach track this season.
In Sprint Cup, Patrick started on the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500, led five laps and finished eighth – the best finish for any woman in the history of the race. In the February 2014 Daytona 500, however, Patrick finished a disappointing 40th after she was involved in an accident.
“I always like going there,” Patrick said of the Daytona track. “It’s where my first stock-car start was in 2010 and I actually have a lot of experience there. I think (crew chief) Tony Gibson and the Florida Lottery/GoDaddy guys build really good cars. They know how to go fast. At the end of the day, you just need to be in the right place at the right time. A lot of it is out of your control. But I think we’ll be good and hopefully have a car that can compete and win.”
Daytona International Speedway plans a fireworks display following the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night.