BRISTOL, Tenn. – Danica Patrick knows the weather forecast for this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway is not encouraging.
But she hopes NASCAR will do a better job of keeping Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers updated on the status of the track during rain delays that seem inevitable. In the past, she said that hasn’t always been the case.
“It’s a little bit exhausting, because you always feel like you have to be somewhat ready – and NASCAR doesn’t always do the best job of giving us a lot of notice,” Patrick said. “Like there have been many times when I’ve been on the bus in my pajamas and they’re like, ‘Green flag in 15 minutes.’
“And I’m like, ‘What???!!! Did you not have any indication that this was coming 15 minutes ago? So that’s kind of the exhausting part, because you have to remain pretty ready. Hopefully NASCAR can do a better job of giving us a little bit more notice than 15 minutes to green.”
Told that perhaps she needs a “onesie” that looks like her fire suit, the driver of the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing laughed and replied, “I have one. I don’t think it’s fire-retardant, though.”