Danica Patrick prepares for qualifying / Getty Images
Heard about this young lady making her Sprint Cup debut in the Daytona 500? Name of Danica Patrick. Criminally underpublicized, but we'll do our best here to let you know about her. Hey, if Tony Stewart thinks she has the talent to win the Daytona 500, that's good enough for us.
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Patrick will be running 10 Sprint Cup events this year, and you can bet that each one will have a torrent of publicity and hype ... hype that, lest we forget, would not be present without her presence. So if you're near one of these tracks, get ready for the Neon Green Tide:
Feb. 26: Daytona (Daytona 500)
May 12: Darlington
May 27: Charlotte (Coca-Cola 600)
Aug. 25: Bristol
Sept. 2: Atlanta
Sept. 16: Chicagoland
Sept. 30: Dover
Nov. 4: Texas
Nov. 11: Phoenix
Patrick will race one more as-yet-undetermined Sprint Cup race, depending on her level of development and needs. The Brickyard 400 at Indy in late July or a road course would appear to be a reasonable bet, though perhaps Stewart wants her to work at tracks where she has less experience.
Patrick will also run a complete Nationwide schedule, which you can see here. And if you miss a race, don't worry; chances are it might get covered somewhere on the Internet.
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