Mark Martin may coach Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick may get a driving coach.
The popular IndyCar driver has spoken with NASCAR's Mark Martin about working with her and says she's open to any help she can get in figuring out the nuances of driving stock cars.
"It would be nice if somebody could help me, whoever it is -- I would take any help," Patrick said. "Like he [Martin] said, you need somebody to get in the car and say this is the setup, go drive it after they've driven it. It's one thing to say drive this line, do this or that, but when you don't have maybe the car that can do that, it's just words, so it would be nice for someone to throw me in a car after they've driven it so I get a real feel for it."
Patrick's part-time foray into NASCAR hasn't gone particularly well as she's tried to get a feel for the harder-to-drive stock cars. She ran the first three Nationwide races of the season, finishing no higher than 31st, and added four more races when she had breaks in the IndyCar season with similar results.
Now that the open-wheel season is over, Patrick is slated to run the final six Nationwide races, starting Saturday at Auto Club, and hopes the consistency of no longer flip-flopping between series will turn out better results.
Martin could be the one to help her.
The stock car veteran spoke with Patrick for about an hour when they first met in Phoenix in 2006 and stopped by to talk with her at Dover two weeks ago. If he can fit it into his busy schedule, Patrick would be all for having a 40-time Cup winner in her corner.
"He's incredibly busy, obviously, with a full season and I would take anything he'd be willing to give," said Patrick, who finished 10th in the IndyCar Series standings after taking second at the season finale in Florida last week.
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