Danica Patrick is disappointed with her performance during the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, even though she currently ranks No. 10 in the driver standings, Yahoo reported.
"I feel like we've been overall much faster than what our results have showed and performed better in the race than what our results have showed," Yahoo quoted Patrick as saying.
“We definitely had a pretty long stretch of bad luck through the summer, and I feel like that was maybe where we had the most speed," Patrick said. "Everything from Elkhart to Daytona to Iowa, there [were] a bunch of races that things happened that were not completely out of my control but definitely not always in my control fully.”
The driver added: "I feel like, with that in mind, it's been an OK season. We recognize as a team that we need to find speed, and that's why you've seen the changes happen in the team that have happened. We all want to get faster."
Patrick told Yahoo: “We all want to be more competitive, and I feel like we've been inching a little bit closer here at the end of the year. I don't know if we'll get all the way by the end of this season, but making progress is key."
Patrick has had a rough season in 2012. At the Road America race in Elkhart Lake, Wis., she was hit by Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap when she was in fourth place. She crashed in two races in Daytona, Fla. She lost a tire in a race in Newton, Iowa, winding up in 30th place as a result.
And, of course, she ran over a shoe that was thrown by a fan in Montreal and eventually suffered mechanical problems, unrelated to the shoe, leading her to finish 27th in that race.
"For me, ultimately because I'm moving on, it's about learning and understanding cars, understanding changes, and just getting a better grasp of all of the elements for the weekend," Patrick said. "Ultimately I am disappointed with the results. I wish they were better. I wish there were better things on the record books. I would imagine a lot of drivers can say that at the end of the year."
At least she doesn't have to worry about losing her GoDaddy.com sponsorship.
Yahoo quoted Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing: "As far as what came out yesterday it hasn't even been to our department yet and our side. We don't really have anything to do with that at this point. I think whatever happens it will be interesting to see when it comes Super Bowl Sunday for sure. As far as what she is doing with the race team and the commitment there, it is all the same. For us, we read everything yesterday and laughed about it and going on."