LIVE BLOG: Danica’s Debut

“Today (or tomorrow) is a day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.”
Yes, I once paid attention in church.
At 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 6) Danica Patrick rolls off the starting grid from the 12th position in the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. I’ve been waiting for this day since she signed on the dotted line with JR Motorsports back in December, and not just for the obvious reasons (see picture above). We’ll finally get to see if she can back up her big talk and hot temperament in a real race car, not some open wheel, high-tech hot rod that your 8-year-old could pilot.
We’ll see if Danica can improve on her single IRL victory in NASCAR’s Single A series — ARCA — starting tomorrow, and I’ll be right here bringing you lap-by-lap updates. Danica is slated to run at least 12 races this year in NASCAR’s Triple A series — Nationwide — and might run next week’s Nationwide event at Daytona, which preludes Sunday’s Daytona 500.
This afternoon, Danica’s qualifying lap of 179.788 mph in her No. 7 Chevrolet was good enough for 12th in the 43-car field. The 200-mile race breaks down to 80 laps around NASCAR’s most historic racing surface. The pole sitter is Plano, Texas’ James Buescher (181.543 mph).
Starting alongside Danica in 11th is Canada’s Steve Arpin.
My live blog of the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will start at 3 p.m. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. and will be aired live on SPEED.
Turn on the race, log yourself onto the Jamestown Sun’s sports blog and let’s talk Danica. Will she finish? Will she crash? Will other drivers draft with her? Will she “bump” someone out of the way? Will she dash down pit road after the race to confront a competitor that crossed her on the track?
Let’s get it on!