Danica Patrick’s first full-season in the Sprint Cup Series will coincide with the Generation-6 Cup car.
The Stewart-Haas driver says that entering full-time Cup racing at the same time that the Cup cars change generation is a good thing for her. The fact that no driver has experience with the new car is an advantage for newcomers, Patrick believes.
“Ignorance can be bliss in those situations where I’m going to try to achieve something with the car that is not really possible anymore with the new design. I won’t take any bad habits in. I won’t take any preconceived ideas about what it needs to be doing or can be doing for me on the track. It’s a clean slate and that’s a good thing,” Patrick was quoted as saying by Sporting News.
Team owner Tony Stewart agrees with his driver. “Everybody is starting at the same base. Nobody’s had time in it more than anybody else—that is a positive to having a new car for somebody that has less experience than some of the veterans. We’re all kind of learning the car at the same time. It evens out that experience,” Stewart said.
Danica Patrick finished 10th in the Nationwide Series last year and struggled in most of her Cup events last year.