Alli Owens Comments on Patrick's Transition to Stock Cars Huntersville, NC (December 8, 2009) - Danica Patrick announced today that she will run the 2010 ARCA Series race at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for her Nationwide...
Alli Owens Comments on Patrick's Transition to Stock Cars
Huntersville, NC (December 8, 2009) - Danica Patrick announced today that she will run the 2010 ARCA Series race at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for her Nationwide Series events with JR Motorsports. Alli Owens, who is returning for her third season of ARCA competition, offers some insight on the transition Patrick will face as she transitions from open-wheel racing.
Owens will team with Venturini Motorsports in 2010 to drive the No. 15 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet for a limited schedule. In 2008, Owens teamed with DGM Racing for 12 events and drove to four top-20 finishes. Owens competed in nine events in 2009 with D'Hondt Motorsports. To date, Owens has tallied two top-10 finishes, seven top-20 finishes and sat on the outside pole at the Daytona International Speedway in the 2009 season.
"I'm thrilled that another woman will be racing stock cars. Someone of Danica's popularity and talent will no doubt be a great addition to NASCAR and ARCA. I think Danica will show girls that the door is wide open for them to pursue opportunities in motorsports. Lots of kids think that racing isn't for girls, but Danica and I are proving that we have what it takes to mix it up with the boys. It's great for racing and great for women everywhere.
"Almost all of the top (Sprint) Cup Series teams have entries in the ARCA Daytona race. It will be a proving ground for Danica for sure. Here first taste of stock car racing won't be easy. She's going to have to learn the ins and outs of stock car drafting. So much of her success will come down to who's willing to race with her, and that's a matter of earning her competitors' respect. She'll need to show them that she can push them to the front and they'll be happy to return the favor. Once you put your helmet on, it doesn't matter if you're a girl or a boy. It only matters if you can draft with the cars around you.
"Stock cars don't have near the downforce that IndyCars do. The toughest obstacle for Danica will be learning how far she can push her car and what its limits are. It seems like even the most talented open wheel drivers have a hard time adjusting to stock cars. Most of the guys that come from the IndyCar Series take a few spins because they're used to a car with much more control. I think Danica has a ton of talent and is obviously a great driver, but it's probably going to take more than a season before she feels comfortable wheeling a stock car. If Danica comes into stock car racing committed to learning the cars and what it takes to make them competitive, and is committed to learning how to communicate with her crew, she'll persevere. It will be a long road, but she can do it."