News & Multimedia

Danica Takes Couric For Fun Ride At IMS To Prepare For Indiana 250

Danica Patrick turned laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race car Tuesday, July 10 for the first time in more than a year, but this time she had a special passenger.

Patrick drove around the famous 2.5-mile oval in a two-seater version of her No. 7 GoDaddy.com/NASCAR Unites “An American Salute” Chevrolet, with iconic television personality Katie Couric in the passenger seat. She also gave Couric a tour of IMS. Both activities were part of a shoot for Couric's upcoming syndicated daytime talk show, which premiers Sept. 10.

 

The laps also served as a fun warm-up for Patrick’s official return to the Brickyard when she makes her IMS stock-car debut in the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.

“It feels really good to be at the track,” Patrick said. “I enjoyed the laps that I made out there. I really, really enjoyed coming out of Turn 4 and coming down the front straightaway and seeing everything again.”

Patrick last raced at IMS in the 2011 Indianapolis 500, in which she finished 10th. It was one of her six top-10 results in seven starts in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since 2005, when she earned Chase Rookie of the Year honors and captured worldwide attention after an electrifying fourth-place finish.

After dabbling in the Nationwide Series last year, Patrick made a full-time switch to NASCAR in 2012. She is running the full Nationwide season for JR Motorsports and is participating in a partial Sprint Cup Series season for Stewart-Haas Racing, with plans for a full-time Cup schedule in 2013.
Patrick is excited for the transition to stock-car racing at Indy. She is ninth in the Nationwide Series standings, with one top-10 finish for a team owned by Sprint Cup superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Obviously, I’m going to be a few inches or feet higher up in the seat from a visual perspective in a stock car, but nothing is going to feel better than to get back out there again,” Patrick said. “I fell right into place. I feel so comfortable here and I have such a great emotion just coming into the track that I feel like that helps me overall be better because I feel so good and I feel so positive.

“It’s good to be back here. I didn’t think my first laps in a stock car around here would be a school stock car, but I thought it was a good lead-in to a couple of weeks from now when we’re actually here for the real deal.”

But Tuesday was all about fun. Patrick and Couric met and struck up a friendship during a ride of a lifetime for Couric.

“I was very, very, very, very, very quiet,” Couric said of her initial reaction to the speed and roar of a stock car from the passenger seat. “I was nervous at first, but I had a lot of fun.

“I’m a huge fan of Danica’s and have watched her career for many years now, and it was fun for me to get to spend some time with her and learn a little more about what makes her tick and about some of the choices she’s made and things she’s done in her life. I’m very impressed.”
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Danica Takes Couric For Fun Ride At IMS To Prepare For Indiana 250
 
Danica Takes Couric For Fun Ride At IMS To Prepare For Indiana 250
Danica Patrick turned laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a race car Tuesday, July 10 for the first time in more than a year, but this time she had a special passenger. Patrick drove around the famous 2.5-mile oval in a two-seater version of her No. 7 GoDaddy.com/NASCAR Unites “An American Salute” Chevrolet, with iconic television personality Katie Couric in the passenger seat. She also gave Couric a tour of IMS.
Read More
Related Media
Justin Wilson
 
Wilson Joins Andretti Autosport For Indianapolis 500 and Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Justin Wilson will make his 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series debut in an Andretti Autosport car in the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and also compete in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, the team announced.
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Verizon IndyCar Series Kicks Off This Weekend in St. Petersburg
It’s a dawn of a new era for the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend as aero kits enter the sport’s lexicon. Years of work by IndyCar engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda have resulted in new bodywork that not only provides different looks for fans to identify each brand, but has also raised the performance index of the 24 cars on the St. Petersburg grid.
Read More
Tamika Catchings
 
Indiana Fever Star Catchings Joins Contest Winners in Traditional Flag Placing Cermony at IMS
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and Indiana Fever standout basketball player Tamika Catchings and two local radio contest winners participated in the traditional placement of racing flags atop the famous Wing and Wheel logo located above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Gate 1.
Read More
Danville Fire Department
 
Rockwell a Hero Worthy of the Crown Royal presents the "Your Hero’s Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard Nomination
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles learned of Rockwell’s heroism recently on a visit to a fire station in Danville – Boles’ hometown – and nominated her for the vacancy in the Crown Royal presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard, the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race held at IMS.
Read More
Al Unser
 
Al Unser Sr. Named Grand Marshal for Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced one of the greatest icons in the history of motor racing will serve as grand marshal for its June 11-14 Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Sr. will return to the scene of his most legendary triumphs from a sterling career. Unser is one of only three drivers to win the “500” four times, and one of five to win the storied race in consecutive years, 1970-71. He narrowly missed becoming the only winner of three consecutive Indianapolis 500 races when he finished second to Mark Donohue in 1972.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,833
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
It's race day for @IndyCar! Who's your pick for the win @GPSTPETE? Tune in on @ABCNetwork at 3pm ET. #IndyRivals http://t.co/YhLwXSfLyG
about 20 hours ago