SONOMA, Calif.— Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet didn’t spend much time in qualifying trim on Friday at Sonoma Raceway. In fact, Patrick made only one mock qualifying run during both practice sessions combined.
But that didn’t prevent her from advancing to the second round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. Patrick was sixth fastest in the first round. In the second, she secured the 11th spot on the grid for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350.
“The GoDaddy car was pretty good,” Patrick said after time trials. “We only made one qualifying run yesterday, but it felt good in the opening round today.
“It just got tight in the second session and we ended up 11th. We would have liked it to be better, but we’ll take it.”
And it gave representatives from her primary sponsor something to look forward to.
“We’ve got a lot of folks from GoDaddy here (Sunday),” Patrick said, “so I’m happy we are starting up front.”
Patrick started 31st and finished 29th at Sonoma last year, so she’s already well ahead of her 2013 pace.