Patrick , DeGeneres go up against Justin Bieber with Mackenzie Marsh "Am I dreaming right now or something?" 11-year-old race car driver Mackenzie Marsh received the surprise of a lifetime when she got a chance to meet her role model Danica Patrick during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Marsh, who wants to be a NASCAR driver, is an avid racer who, similarly to Patrick , competes mainly against the boys. She currently drives a Slingshot which can reach up to 80 mph on dirt, the primary surface she drives on. After screaming with excitment upon the surprise entrance of Patrick , Marsh confidently looked at the NASCAR superstar and told her, "it's on," when it comes time for racing. Little did the preteen know she would get a chance to back it up just minutes after in a go-kart race against Patrick , DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, who was a fellow guest star on "Ellen." Check out the entire interview below and see who won the race:
RELATED: Full schedule for Martinsville weekend Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Friday at Martinsville Speedway that TaxAct has signed a multi-year extension with Danica Patrick and will continue to serve as a primary sponsor for her No. 10 team. Coming just a few days after the release of next year's schedule, TaxAct has signed on for four races as primary sponsor in 2016. It will also be an associate sponsor in all other races. "Working with TaxAct has been great and I'm proud to continue this relationship for years to come," Patrick said in a team release. "TaxAct offers a terrific product that empowers people to take the wheel by giving them ownership of their taxes." TaxAct sponsored three races for Patrick during the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season, including March's Martinsville race in which Patrick finished seventh, her best result of the year. The other two were for the Sprint Unlimited exhibition at Daytona and April's race at Texas Motor Speedway . Meanwhile, Patrick is looking for another top-10 finish at Martinsville with this Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at 1:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, Sirius XM).
RELATED: NASCAR official release " Kenseth suspended for two races NASCAR officials penalized Danica Patrick on Tuesday for her aggressive on-track actions with David Gilliland last weekend at Martinsville Speedway . NASCAR fined Patrick $50,000 and assessed her the loss of 25 points in the Sprint Cup Series driver standings. The behavioral penalty also places Patrick on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. The points penalty dropped Patrick to 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Gilliland's Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford made contact with Patrick's Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Chevrolet, sending her car into the Turn 3 wall during the later stages of Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 . Patrick retaliated with a similar move, twice shoving Gilliland's car up to the Turn 3 and 4 walls, bringing out a caution period on Lap 419 of 500. Patrick rammed into the back of Gilliland's car during the yellow flag before taking her car to the garage. She retired from the race in 40th place. Gilliland finished 24th in the 43-car field. The two have been at odds in the past, with tensions rising in the spring of 2013 at Kansas Speedway . Patrick issued warnings over her team radio in response to Gilliland's hard-nosed racing. Gilliland replied through a team spokesperson, telling Patrick to "shut up and race."
Danica Patrick retaliates against David Gilliland after he sends her into the wall earlier in the race at Martinsville Speedway.
Danica Patrick gets spun by Ryan Newman into the wall and comes down in front of David Ragan, leading to a red flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
MORE: Learn more about Nature's Bakery Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing welcomed a brand new sponsor to NASCAR Tuesday, announcing that Nature's Bakery will be a multiyear primary sponsor on Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet beginning with a 28-race deal in 2016. Not only is it truly a natural fit between the company and Patrick , the partnership announcement ends a very brief sponsorship search -- by NASCAR standards -- for one of the sport's most famous drivers. Patrick , 33, unveiled the No. 10 Chevy's unique bright blue livery Tuesday at the team's North Carolina headquarters, saying that the car color would stand out on track and joking it "is going to look great against my skin tone." Equally as significant, team co-owner Tony Stewart confirmed a multiyear contract extension for Patrick , who has driven for SHR in all three of her full-time Sprint Cup Series seasons. Sitting alongside Patrick and Nature's Bakery executives, Stewart referred to Tuesday's dual announcements as "a great time in our sport." "I feel like our brands align so perfectly, it's kind of amazing," Patrick said. "I think that journey is going to be really fun. I think there's going to be lots of exciting things that we can do together in the future. "Of course, on top of that, being able to re‑sign with Tony and here at Stewart‑Haas is very important to me. I really, really do feel like family here. I feel like there's nowhere else I want to be. I'm just fortunate enough that I didn't have to look anywhere else, that I get to stay, and that I have a great new sponsor." The Nature's Bakery slogan, "Energy for life's great journeys" couldn't be more apropos with its sponsorship of one of NASCAR's biggest stars. The entrance into NASCAR comes as a great new journey for the family-owned company, which makes a healthy assortment of "on the go snacks" including gluten-free, dairy free and kosher baked goods. RELATED: See Danica's paint scheme for Darlington Patrick said she had already been a fan of the product, which has sales in 22 countries with plans to nearly double that in the next two years. "This is a dream come true,'" said Nature's Bakery founder Dave Marson. "We've been NASCAR fans for 20 years. To be able to take what we do, make better‑for‑you foods, combine that with a love of NASCAR, I mean, this is special. I'm really enjoying this." Marson also acknowledged the company's health-conscious philosophy seems like a genuinely "authentic" partnership with Patrick , who has long been a proponent of a healthy lifestyle from her cooking to her love of yoga, which is well documented through her social media channels. "I've always used that as a way to get to know me off the track," Patrick said. RELATED: GoDaddy to end primary sponsorship after this season "I think all you have to do is look at that and that is what lines up perfectly with Nature's Bakery. It's energy for your journey. It's going out on a hike with (her dog) Dallas, doing Yoga at home, doing CrossFit and needing energy for that. "It's traveling. I mean, I'm always on the road. I always need things that are quick and handy. You guys all know that, too. Spending time on the road, you need snacks. Between that and their open‑mindedness to exploring all different kinds of ways we can work together, they have big dreams and they want to align them with me and make them work with me." It will be the start of a new era for Patrick who has six top-10s and has led 27 laps in 105 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to a 10-race 2012 season. She most famously won the pole position for the 2013 Daytona 500 , becoming the first woman to do so. Her eighth-place finish in that event is also the best ever for a female competitor in the "Great American Race." This season, Patrick has two top-10s, with a best finish of seventh at Martinsville Speedway in March and is ranked 21st in the standings with three races remaining to set the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff field. Her goals going forward with Nature's Bakery aren't any different than they were with GoDaddy. "It's to continue to improve," Patrick said. "There's not a marker for that necessarily. I mean, the results just have to keep getting better and better. "For instance, there was emphasis after Indianapolis to get better at race starts. That's just what I've done. It's always evolving. You make something else better, something else shows up. But it's a work in progress. I think that for most of your career as a driver, you continue to get better and learn. "But it's always working in that direction. Sometimes it's moving faster than other times, sometimes moving a little bit slow for what I want. But I think that it is going in the right direction, and that's all I can ask for. WATCH: Danica , Nature's Bakery align 'perfectly ' Off the track, Patrick's nine-year relationship with GoDaddy has been mutually beneficial -- helping make the company a household name while helping propel Patrick to crossover fame, thanks to starring roles in the company's national commercials. Patrick has appeared in 13 Super Bowl commercials -- the most of any celebrity. And it's reasonable for Nature's Bakery -- which has 420 employees and manufacturing facilities in two states -- to expect similar big things in its new relationship with one of the most marketable professional athletes in the world in the country's most popular form of motorsport. "You can look at the size of our company and say we're either the up‑and‑coming guy who is going to be the next Fortune 500 company, and that's what we plan on being," Marson said. "We're taking and leveraging this opportunity with NASCAR, the NASCAR fan base, to look at our products and to grow and become one of those Fortune 500 companies. "We thank Stewart‑Haas Racing and Danica for believing us. We came to them with an idea and a dream. We said, 'We are the new up‑and‑coming company. Look at us and we'll show you what we can do.' They believed in us. "We really look forward to the opportunity."
Danica Patrick talks about the process of finding sponsors that fit her brand and sums up her feelings after announcements with Nature's Bakery and TaxAct.
RELATED: Watch the press conference here on Tuesday Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick will have a press conference at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the team announced Sunday in a press release. The event will also be live streamed on NASCAR.com. See the link above to bookmark the location. On Monday, Danica offered a sneak peek at a paint scheme on Twitter . Through 23 races this season, Patrick has two top-10s in her No. 10 Chevrolet. Earlier this year, she earned her sixth career top-10 finish, the most by a female driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. RELATED: Learn more about Danica's SHR team
Sprint Cup star to work Michigan race, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1 RELATED: TV schedule for June 8-14 " BUY: Patrick gear Q: Danica , you will be making your first appearance in the booth during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, June 13 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). You are so accustomed to getting ready to drive, any nerves as you prepare to join the broadcast team on FS1? DANICA PATRICK : "I wouldn't really say I'm nervous. I enjoy trying new things, and I'm looking forward to getting in the booth and sharing my perspective with all the fans watching at home." Q: Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers -- Clint Bowyer , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Brad Keselowski -- have already joined the broadcast team as guest analysts this year. Any key takeaways from watching those guys? DP: "Those guys have definitely done a great job so far this year, and it's been great to hear their insight each week as I watched the XFINITY races. I think there are definitely a few things I've picked up from watching each of them, and we'll see how well I can put that to use on Saturday." Q: Your teammate, Kevin Harvick , has been in the booth a number of times this year, has he given you any tips? DP: "Kevin and I talked a bit at Dover a couple weeks ago. I went up to the booth while he was there for the XFINITY race just to see what it was like so I know what to expect this weekend. He showed me a few things and gave me a few pointers." Q: You will be joining the booth with another former driver in Michael Waltrip . What can you expect when working with him this weekend? DP: "Michael is always a fun guy to be around so I expect we'll have a good time up in the booth." Q: Is working in television something that may interest you in the future? DP: "One lesson I've learned is to never say never, and it's always good to explore different things to see what you might like doing so we'll see." Q: The NASCAR XFINITY Series is off to a great start, and has been coined "the series where names are made." Are there any young drivers that you are looking forward to watching? DP: "There's definitely a lot of great talent in the XFINITY Series. I watch most of the races, but I wouldn't say there's any one particular driver that I'm focused on watching -- I'm usually more focused on watching how the race as a whole plays out." Q: The race will be run at one of the fastest races on the circuit, Michigan International Speedway . Are there any specific challenges that track presents for NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers? DP: "Michigan is a wide, fast track. There's lots of room to move around and try different lines. I think it's a momentum track, and you have to focus on being smooth. At the end of the day, the car has to handle well. It has to feel good. It has to be a fast car. I think those are the challenges -- getting your car to handle well and being smooth and consistent, lap after lap, at such a fast track." Q: You started your NASCAR career in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (once called the Nationwide Series). How important was your experience in the series before you made the jump to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series? DP: "Racing in the XFINITY Series was very important to the development of my NASCAR career. Moving over to stock cars from the IndyCar Series was a huge jump for me, and having that time at the XFINITY level really helped prepare me for the move up to the Sprint Cup Series." Q: Can you give an early assessment of your team's performance throughout this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series? DP: "It's been an interesting year so far. We've had a few tough weekends, and we've also had some races that started out rough, but then we were able to turn things around and ended up finishing pretty well. Daniel (Knost, crew chief) and I are both still relatively green in our current roles and we're still continuing to work on our communication and how we work together as a team." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
RELATED: Danica signs deal with Nature's Bakery Danica Patrick will have Aspen Dental on board as a primary sponsor for four races in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as part of a multi-year partnership extension with Stewart-Haas Racing . Aspen Dental will continue to serve as an associate sponsor for Patrick in all her other Sprint Cup Series races. "Working with Aspen Dental dentists has been a real pleasure," Patrick said in a release provided by the team. "I love partnering with organizations that care about people, and teaming up with an organization that has such an important mission -- breaking down barriers and helping patients get the dental care they need -- is very rewarding. Aspen Dental dentists raise awareness about the importance of oral health every day, and I look forward to shining a spotlight on the great work they do." For the past two seasons, Aspen Dental has been a primary sponsor for two races annually for Patrick ’s No. 10 Chevrolet team. The company is the primary sponsor this weekend for Patrick at Chicagoland Speedway for the myAFibRisk.com 400 (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Her No. 10 Chevrolet will have the names of more than 2,200 veterans being honored by their family and friends via a social media campaign earlier this year. " Danica is an excellent ambassador for Aspen Dental practices and this renewed partnership is a testament to all of the hard work everyone puts in to making this sponsorship successful," SHR co-owner and three-time champion Tony Stewart said in a team release. Last month, SHR announced that Nature's Bakery was coming on board for 28 races a season as a primary sponsor for Patrick . SHR also announced a multi-year contract extension for Patrick at that time as well. Entering Chicagoland, Patrick is 24th in the point standings with two top 10s this season.