Danica Patrick takes some time to sign fan tweets using the hashtag #SignMyTweet.
SHR driver will be part of field for Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night Danica Patrick was revealed to be the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway following the Sprint Showdown. That put Patrick in the field for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race , where engine trouble sent her to a 20th-place finish. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver became the first person to win the Sprint Fan Vote twice, earning the honor in 2013. Earlier in the week, Miss Sprint Cup revealed that Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing ), Kyle Larson ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Patrick ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ) and Josh Wise (Phil Parsons Racing) were the top-five vote getters. Since the Sprint Fan Vote was instituted in 2004, only one driver -- Kasey Kahne in 2008 -- has won the vote and gone on to win the race. The 12 fan vote winners have averaged a finish of 14.75 in the Sprint All-Star Race. Previous Sprint Fan Vote winners and their results in the Sprint All-Star Race Year Driver Result 2004 Ken Schrader 13th 2005 Martin Truex Jr . 22nd 2006 Kyle Petty 8th 2007 Kenny Wallace 16th 2008 Kasey Kahne WON 2009 Joey Logano 8th 2010 Carl Edwards 21st 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 14th 2012 Bobby Labonte 19th 2013 Danica Patrick 20th 2014 Josh Wise 15th 2015 Danica Patrick 20th
Danica Patrick wins 2015 Sprint Fan Vote earning her a spot in the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Danica Patrick talks about losing GoDaddy's sponsorship and how Stewart-Haas Racing is in the process of looking for a new primary sponsor.
Company still wants NASCAR driver as spokeswoman GoDaddy will not renew its primary sponsorship with the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet driven by Danica Patrick , according to a release on Wednesday. But the company revealed it is negotiating to keep Patrick as a GoDaddy spokeswoman under a personal services agreement. RELATED " Cain: Chance to sponsor Danica is one to line up for "We love Danica and all she does to empower and inspire people, especially women, which is why we are working to keep her in the GoDaddy family," said GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Phil Bienert in the release. "We have the utmost respect for Stewart-Haas Racing , and they've been phenomenal partners. ... The fact Danica is having a record-setting season makes it tough to leave this motorsports sponsorship, without a doubt." In nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, Patrick has two top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at Martinsville. With her ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway , Patrick set a Sprint Cup Series record for top-10 finishes by a woman driver with six for her career. "GoDaddy has been an incredible partner for a very long time, almost nine years, and as I've said before, our brands have really grown up together," Patrick said in the release. "It's pretty cool, from a marketing perspective, that we helped GoDaddy build such strong brand awareness here in the U.S. I'm excited to work with GoDaddy on a personal level moving forward, but will miss having their bright green color on my race car next year." NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France had the following to say when asked on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday about GoDaddy's impending departure: "We're always disappointed when for one reason or another a company changes course. But that happens, and I know recently they just went from being private to a publicly traded company and I'm sure that changes a lot of their budgets and strategy and that's just how that goes. " Danica is very marketable as we all know ... and I've really been watching her and she's competing more and more at a higher level, and she's very competitive. She wants to really make her mark over a period of time, and it's a tough place to do it with the kind of talent and parity that's in NASCAR. But she's showing progress and I think she'll be just fine." Despite GoDaddy's impending departure, one in four FORTUNE 500 companies are now invested in NASCAR, eight percent higher than in 2008. And over the last two years, more than 65 new companies became NASCAR team sponsors. Later Wednesday morning, Patrick tweeted about the news. Heck of a lot of season left to win driving the @godaddy car! Everything evolves and changes in life, I'm excited for what's to come! — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) April 29, 201 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Restrictor plate tracks return to single-car qualifying starting this weekend Related: Biffle tops final practice " Stenhouse fastest in first practice TALLADEGA, Ala. – Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick said, “it just didn’t work.” Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick likened it to the TV show “Survivor.” The shelf life of group qualifying on restrictor plate tracks has expired. Tradition, some would say sanity, has returned. When NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series teams hit the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway for qualifying Saturday, fans won’t see packs of cars jostling for position, trailing cars laying back trying to catch the air and possibly ride the draft to a front-row starting spot. They also won’t see multi-car crashes similar to the one that unfolded at Daytona when the format was put into play for this year’s season-opening race. Instead, teams will go it solo with one driver’s qualifying attempt coming to a close as the next begins. “I feel really good about what it has evolved into,” Harvick said Friday at Talladega, site of Sunday’s GEICO 500 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET). “I think all the competitors feel that way. We were tearing up a lot of cars in qualifying.” According to NASCAR officials, each driver will complete three laps – the first to get up to speed, the second which will be the official qualifying lap, and a third as he or she returns to pit road. Approximately halfway through the qualifying lap, the next driver in line will head out for his or her attempt. The qualifying order in each series will be based on a random draw for the first of two rounds. In the final round, the order will be based on first-round times, from slowest to fastest. Each session is expected to take less than one hour to complete. Patrick ’s only pole in the Sprint Cup Series came in the Daytona 500 two years ago, under the single-car qualifying format. “It just was, I feel, like a very unnecessary stress for everybody,” Patrick said of the group qualifying format at Daytona and Talladega. “The amount of conversations and meeting with drivers … I felt like I was on ‘Survivor’ … trying to make alliances and finding out the best thing to do was not have any and just be the one that tags onto the group. Because nobody really cared if it was just one car. “But when a group of five saw you, you’re like ‘oh, I can’t have all five of those going faster.’” The speed and closing rate of a car, or cars, catching a group in front often meant the pole winner wasn’t the first to cross the line. Friday’s two practice sessions saw plenty of pack drafting but no significant contact. Roush Fenway Ford driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (200.780 mph) led the opening practice while teammate Greg Biffle (197.929 mph) topped the leaderboard in the second. Biffle, who has one restrictor plate pole and one win, says he’s pleased with the change to the qualifying format “because it’s the speed of the car.” “It’s not who got the lucky lane or who got a draft or who laid back so far and got sucked up on a big run,” Biffle, 45, said. “… I feel (this is) the right way to do it.” Group qualifying will continue to be used to set the starting lineup at tracks other than Talladega and Daytona. Such a format works well at those shorter tracks, Harvick said. “I think there have been a lot of things that have changed, but … our qualifying change has been week-in and week-out probably one of the better changes that we have had in our sport in a while. “I think when you look a the adjustment and the time everybody has put in, I hope it evolves into that … this weekend as well.” FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Claire B. Lang's "Dialed In – Salute to the Troops" airs Sunday, May 24 NEW YORK – May 20, 2015 – SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, will broadcast a special program in tribute to the men and women of the United States Military. Dialed In – Salute to the Troops, hosted by Claire B. Lang, will air this Sunday, May 24 (1:00-3:00 pm ET), live from Charlotte Motor Speedway in advance of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race The special will feature several of NASCAR's star drivers sharing their appreciation for the men and women of America's Armed Forces, as well as interviews with servicemen and women from various branches of the military who will be in Charlotte for the race. Last year's special featured interviews with Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kevin Harvick , Danica Patrick , Medal of Honor recipients Sgt. Major Robert Paterson and Sgt. Dakota Meyer, along with many other drivers and military members. Additionally, on Monday, May 25, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone, hosts of The Morning Drive (weekdays, 7:00-11:00 am ET), will dedicate much of their show to honoring our servicemen and women. They will encourage their listeners to call in to the show or to tweet with the hashtag #TMDTroops to celebrate current and former military members, and to memorialize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio is available to listeners nationwide on channel 90 on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com . The Dialed In – Salute to the Troops special and other SiriusXM NASCAR Radio programming will also be made available on inactive SiriusXM radios as part of SiriusXM’s free listening preview program, which is running now through June 1. (Some older Sirius satellite radios may not be capable of receiving the free listening preview channels.) For more info visit www.siriusxm.com/nascar . Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMNASCAR .
Cain: Despite GoDaddy's departure, Patrick's sponsorship should be coveted RELATED: GoDaddy to end Patrick sponsorship You know what they say about one door closing and another one opening. And this door -- and hood and roof and fender -- is one of the most valuable opportunities in NASCAR. When GoDaddy announced Wednesday that it would not be back as primary sponsor of Danica Patrick 's No. 10 Chevrolet next year, the rest of corporate America should have started its engines. Outside of Dale Earnhardt Jr . there is no NASCAR driver more marketable than Patrick . Her audience and fandom is easily the most diverse in the sport. Hollywood loves her as do hardcore fans in Martinsville, Virginia. She's an ideal spokesperson for any company, as comfortable ringing the bell on Wall Street as speaking on behalf of COPD advocacy. She's starred in Super Bowl commercials and appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Patrick's merchandise is annually one of NASCAR's biggest sellers from young girls who look up to her, to the young girls' fathers who are impressed with her moxie. Last year, she became the first NASCAR driver to top one million Twitter followers. Even her dog Dallas Stenhouse has nearly five thousand followers. And best of all for Patrick , her NASCAR career has never been hotter. She's driving like an athlete in a contract year because she is. But also because that's progress and experience. And her underappreciated determination. " Danica's very marketable as we all know, and I really have been watching her," NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday. "She's competing more and more at a higher level, and she's very competitive." And, France noted, "She will be fine." Patrick's Stewart-Haas Racing team boasts three Sprint Cup champions and already has two -- reigning Sprint Cup champ Kevin Harvick and last week's Richmond winner Kurt Busch -- in the playoffs. Patrick is ranked 16th in the point standings even after a disappointing run Sunday in Richmond and has been in the top 16 for most of the last month. Two weeks ago, Patrick was in the historic spotlight again after earning her sixth top-10 finish in the Sprint Cup Series -- surpassing the legendary Janet Guthrie's mark for a female driver. Her partnership with GoDaddy has worked out well for everyone. It helped her secure a job at Stewart-Haas Racing . And GoDaddy's sponsorship investment was essentially completely returned on one day -- Sunday, February 17, 2013 -- when Patrick won the pole position for the Daytona 500 -- the first woman to do so. As impressive as that was, the bonus came a week later when Patrick contended all day long in the Daytona 500 dicing with the veterans in the final laps and picking up a historic eighth-place finish. Her SHR team is in full support of navigating this unchartered territory, sounding very optimistic about the future, no matter how murky it is presently. "With Danica , we see a driver with unparalleled resolve and tenacity,'' said SHR Executive Vice President Brett Frood. "She is an individual who transcends the sport and we look forward to fostering new partnerships for her and the No. 10 team." I know Patrick and she is glass-half-full kind of person. As she said on Twitter Wednesday: Heck of a lot of season left to win driving the @godaddy car! Everything evolves and changes in life, I'm excited for what's to come! — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) April 29, 2015 Combine a growing economy with Patrick's one-of-a-kind marketability and her progress on-track, the best is what's to come. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France talks about GoDaddy ending sponsorship with Danica Patrick and how he is confident in Patrick's future.
Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick talk about the new qualifying format this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway and how beneficial it will be for drivers and their teams.