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Danica Patrick: Fitting in Is No Problem for the IndyCar Transplant

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04:  (L-R) Joey Logano, driver of the #20 GameStop Toyota and Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com/DanWheldonMemorial.com Chevrolet, look on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Camille JonesContributor IIINovember 19, 2011

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com NASCAR Nationwide Series car for JR Motorsports, shared a story with the press during her media availability Friday.

"The admission to getting into the garage to see the hot rod," Patrick said, speaking in regard to her 2010 Homestead NASCAR Nationwide Series car her husband bought her for Christmas last year, " [it] was that they had to take a shot of moonshine."

“I thought that was such a NASCAR thing to do,” she said.

With the season coming to a close Saturday, the final questions of the media leaned more towards a light-hearted and easy feel for the now full-time NASCAR driver. 

After seven years as a full-time IndyCar driver, Patrick has made the switch to going full-time NASCAR racing in 2012. When asked what the easiest part of her transition from series to series has been, she left no doubt in the fact that her fellow drivers have supported her all the way. 

“The easiest part has been the people and the help I get from drivers," she said. “The mood is positive, optimistic, encouraging. They’ve been patient." 

She has recently stated that she has received help from both her Nationwide Series owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr, all the way to her future Sprint Cup series owner, Tony Stewart, both of which hold heavy names on the NASCAR circuit. Though the driver-owners are only two of the many who have come forward with advice and support, she feels the appreciation. 

Feeling as though she's traveled back to the good old days of her teenage years of go-kart racing, Patrick says she feels like she's "at home" in NASCAR. 

“It feels like I’m a kid racing go-karts again," she remarked. "It’s fun—the people, the style of racing. I feel really comfortable and happy.”

There's no doubt that 2012 will bring challenges and speed bumps along the way, but with the support and the matter of becoming a part of the series she has already grown to love, Danica Patrick could be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years. 

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