Patrick likes plate tracks

Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands next to her car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands next to her car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Danica Patrick enjoys racing at Daytona and Talladega. For one thing, racing at restrictor-plate superspeedways reminds her most of IndyCar competition.

“It reminds me a lot of IndyCar racing because you’re flat-out, you’re looking for air, you’re just trying to stay with the pack, and you’re trying to weave your way through,” Patrick said. “It’s a high-speed chess match. I’m used to it. I like it. It’s not about speed — it’s about the style.”

Speaking of style, Patrick arrived at her interview session sporting a necklace of gaudy Talladega beads. Typically, beads are awarded in the Talladega infield for behavior involving alcohol and exhibitionism.

Asked how she got her string of beads, Patrick said coyly, “I can’t tell you that.”

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