Patrick started 25th at cheap jordans 10 Montreal, raced to eighth despite battling brake and overheating problems and then finished 24th because of a mechanical failure with two laps to go.
It was reminiscent of her IndyCar performances on road courses, where she often finished well by avoiding mistakes. In 41 road-course starts, she posted an average start of 16.4 and an average finish of 12.5 (including a second at the Belle Isle course near Detroit in 2007). Patrick has said her move to NASCAR was influenced by the IndyCar’s shift from ovals to road courses. In her rookie season, road courses were 17% of the schedule, compared with 63% in 2011, her final year of IndyCar.
“In IndyCar they drew me away a little bit,” she said. “I’m not as good on the road courses as the ovals, and a lot of that came down to qualifying. Because in the race, I always improved very much on where I started.”
Patrick could use a good finish at Road America. She has three finishes outside the top 15 in her past four races. Despite an 18th at Michigan jordan 14 shoes International Speedway last week, she moved up a spot to 10th in the standings, though she said the points no longer concern her.
“I’d liked to have been doing better,” Patrick said. “Top five in points was my goal. Stuff out of your control happens, and I feel people talk about points, and I don’t care. I think my goals have changed in that it’s more about focusing on the individual weekends and my overall pace and where I’m improving. I’m looking big picture. It’s not about getting the best championship results to try to get a ride. I have a lot of good support behind me, and it’s about learning and planning for the long term.”
Yates, along with Peter van Manen, Managing Director for McLaren Electronics Systems, were the keynote speakers on Thursday at the Freescale Technology Forum held at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa. More than 2,000 attendees from around the world were on hand for the discussion on how successful switching from carburetors to fuel injection has been this year for NASCAR.
“Our motivation and determination level jordans 6 for sale is pretty high this year,” Yates said. “We have seen a lot of success with fuel injection and there has been an overall 10-15 percent improvement in fuel economy. Plus three of the drivers that we build engines for are in currently 11th or better in the point standings.”