Qualifying woes continue for Patrick
After failing to advance from her qualifying group for the third consecutive event, Danica Patrick faced questions about whether the time she spent learning stock car superspeedway competition was adversely affecting her Indy car road-racing skills.
"It's an easy excuse to think that is affecting me but I'm not going to let it," Patrick said after qualifying 22nd at Barber Motorsport Park. "I'm always going to make sure that driving is number one and I'm able to put my focus on primarily driving the IndyCar."
Andretti Autosport team manager Tom Anderson, who calls Patrick's race strategy from the pits, says the team hasn't provided Danica with the kind of car set-up she likes in 2010.
"Right now we seem to have three guys who can drive a car that is neutral to loose and they deal with it," Anderson said. "Danica doesn't take to that -- she wants a car with some push dialed in."
Anderson again held Patrick out when the leaders pitted on the 13th lap and the GoDaddy.com car ran as high as ninth. She ultimately finished 15th.
"It was a very difficult race and a very challenging day," Patrick stated. "I wish we had more to show for all the hard work this weekend, but we just didn't have it today. I'm glad we can get right back to it this week and put this behind us."
John Oreovicz covers open-wheel racing for ESPN.com.
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