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IndyCar star seeks help from driving coach

October 12, 2010
KEYWORDS Sports Business

It takes a big person to admit they need help. And Danica Patrick has done just that.

Patrick recently revealed that she’ll be seeking the aid of a driving coach to help put her NASCAR career in high gear.

NASCAR veteran Mark Martin has offered to serve as Patrick’s tutor. Patrick will resume her stock car career this weekend in Charlotte.
“I really do need help,” Patrick said in an interview with Tribune newspapers. “If [Martin] was willing to help me on any level—a little, a lot—I would be grateful for any of it.”

With the IndyCar Series season over, Patrick is set to race the remaining six NASCAR Nationwide races. Though the Nationwide Series is one step below stock car racing’s top rung, it still attracts some of the biggest racers in the sport. Patrick has not fared well so far. Her average finish in seven starts is 31st.

Patrick told reporters after her last 2010 IndyCar race in Miami that she has known for a while she needs help with her NASCAR career.

“We talked about a month or two ago about having a driving coach and nothing ended up happening,” Patrick said. “After Dover we all just kind of went, ‘You know what? We need to get this program together.’”

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