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Ignorance isn't bliss for JR Motorsports' Danica Patrick

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

FONTANA, Calif. - JR Motorsports driver Danica Patrick posted the 37th fastest time in the opening NASCAR Nationwide Series practice Friday at Auto Club Speedway and improved 10 positions in the second session.

The most difficult aspect of learning the performance characteristics of stock cars, Patrick says, is the lack of a frame of reference.

"The tough thing for me is I don't know how it's supposed to feel, so until the car is right, I can't have an expectation level," Patrick said. "I'm just like, 'Do I deal with this? Do I not? Does it have to feel like this? I don't like this. Does it have to be like that?' …

"So I really don't have any of those answers at this point. It's only going to come from, in my experience, having something good to go, 'Oh, yes. I want that again. I know I can achieve it.'"