Pa­trick fo­cus­ing on keep­ing it sim­ple at Toronto street race

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Danica Pa­trick is go­ing back to ba­sics in the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I’m go­ing to re­ally try to come at it with a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach and stop chas­ing ev­ery lit­tle thing that I feel and just start fo­cus­ing on my driv­ing and re­ally just try to keep it re­ally sim­ple,” Pa­trick said Fri­day.

“There’s a lot to be said for be­ing able to know what you have when you go out on a street course, es­pe­cially be­cause it’s, as an old driv­ing coach from At­lantics said, ‘It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be fast.’”

The race Sun­day is the sec­ond of five straight street or road races be­fore the sea­son ends with four oval events. In the first five street and road events of the year, Pa­trick fin­ished 15th, sev­enth, 19th, 16th and 20th. She was sec­ond at Texas Mo­tor Speedway and 11th, sixth and 10th in the other oval races.

Last year, Pa­trick started 18th and fin­ished sixth in the first IndyCar Se­ries race on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn street course at Ex­hi­bi­tion Place. She also raced at the track in For­mula At­lantic in 2003 and 2004.

“I love com­ing to Toronto,” Pa­trick said. “It’s a great city and a great race­track. I know street cour­ses are a lit­tle no­to­ri­ous for be­ing hard to pass and be­ing a lot of fol­low the leader, but I was re­ally im­pressed last year, see­ing just how we were able to get runs on the back straight and make things hap­pen.

“It’s a lit­tle bumpy and feels a lit­tle nar­row, but it has pass­ing, some­thing that doesn’t al­ways hap­pen on a street course.”

She was 24th last week in the Na­tion­wide race at Chicagoland Speedway, her best fin­ish in five starts for owner Dale Earn­hardt Jr. in NASCAR’s sec­ond-tier se­ries.

She strug­gled in the first prac­tice ses­sion Fri­day morn­ing, fin­ish­ing 22nd among the 26 driv­ers with a fast lap Danica Pa­trick fin­ished 11th out of 26 driv­ers in Fri­day af­ter­noon’s prac­tice ses­sion. of 95.471 mph. She was 11th in the af­ter­noon ses­sion at 100.452 in her No. 7 An­dretti Au­tosport en­try.

Chip Ganassi Rac­ing’s Scott Dixon led the first prac­tice ses­sion at 98.850 mph, and An­dretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay topped the chart in the sec­ond at 101.668.

Se­ries leader Will Power has a 32-point lead over Indy 500 win­ner Dario Fran­chitti.

Nam Y. Huh

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.