By Steve Pouliot - 12 January 2012:
Say what you will about The Princess, Danica Patrick, she is definitely not a graduate of the Bill Belichick School Of Media. She is not afraid to tell you what's on her mind. She met the media today, where she discussed working with Greg Zipadelli, slick meat, and her affinity for the honey badger. There's more racing, but at least you're gonna read long enough to find out what she says about slick meat.
Danica's first topic was working Greg Zipadelli, Tony Eury Jr. It's not hard to read between the lines that Patrick didn't get along with Eury. "His accent is not as thick as Tony, Jr." Danica said today. "I understand every word he says. We get along great. I feel really comfortable with him so far. I feel respected, and I feel like he's been very patient. Even the little things, getting here this morning and just kind of adjusting a belt a little bit and adjusting a throttle a little bit, he doesn't look at me like I'm inexperienced and I should be comfortable right away or it should be right or the throttle doesn't feel right or I should get used to it and be used to it. He investigates and says no problem, let's get it right, and makes me comfortable with that kind of stuff. Obviously we haven't worked together with the whole how the car feels and how we're going to change it and that kind of stuff, and especially here at Daytona, that's probably -- we're probably not going to get a lot of that. It's not that kind of a track. But I can say so far I feel very comfortable and I feel very fortunate to have him to work with to have that experience."
Danica also discussed getting comfortable this time around at Daytona. Back in '09, she struggled with things like getting in the car, and what to do with her hair. (not kidding) Today, she said "It did feel a little bit more comfortable, yeah. I'm really kind of glad that the first time that I'm in a Cup car is here at Daytona where I can get the fit right and get all the little things right so that when we go to a track that's a little bit more challenging from a driver's perspective that stuff is all good to go and there's no concern or no distraction with those things. So it's nice to be here to run for the first time and feel comfortable in having been here before. But like I said, it's a pretty straightforward track for a driver. And the honey badger, it was last year, I think, somebody showed me this video of the honey badger, and the commentator on it was very, very funny. Anyway, the honey badger, he doesn't give a crap, he takes what he wants. And that's how I'm going to be this year, like a honey badger. But I feel like it's a little diluted with the football player that has the honey badger nickname, too. He's No. 7, as well." She continued "Anyway, the video is great. He eats a poisonous snake and he falls asleep and wakes right back up. The video is funny, so I encourage you all to watch that. I think Randall something is the commentator or the name on the YouTube video. I don't know, it's a mindset. I even have a honey badger picture on my screen saver on my phone to inspire me. It takes what it wants."
So, this guy motivates her:
Emotionally: "I'm really excited and I'm really happy. And that's it. I mean, yeah, there's nerves. There's a lot of things that are unknown, especially with running the full-time Nationwide championship, wanting to do really well in that, and wanting to make a good impression in the Cup races that I'm doing. But overall I'm feeling comfortable, as comfortable as I could imagine myself in this situation, and just really excited and really happy and glad to be where I'm at." Patrick said.
Finally, we get to lunch. She discussed going to eat with the team at Olive Garden, but Patrick's more of a sandwich type of woman. "I like a turkey sandwich." the GoDaddy driver said. "They're going to get some slick meat for me to put in the fridge. I learned what slick meat was. I don't know, I called it sliced deli meat, right, some deli meat and some cheese and some bread and mustard."
She learned about slick meat. Priceless. It's going to be fun following NASCAR's Princess Of Speed.
Danica Patrick was 20th on the speed chart today, with a best time of 46.887, and a top lap speed of 191.951.
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