Danica picks up the pace

Andretti Autosport driver Danica Patrick gets ready to get into her race car during the first day...

Andretti Autosport driver Danica Patrick gets ready to get into her race car during the first day of the Indy Car Series practice at the Edmonton Indy, in Edmonton, Alberta, July 23, 2010. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

Traditionally, Danica Patrick has struggled at this event.

But heading into this years Honda Indy Edmonton, Patrick is looking to turn things around.

As a team, weve struggled a little bit on this track and I hope well do much better on it this year with some of the changes weve made, Patrick said. Im hoping to have a good race.

Last year, Patrick finished 11th at the Edmonton event.

The year before she placed 18th.

Heading into Sundays race, the Roscoe, Ill., native sits 11th in the drivers standings, 159 points behind leader Will Power. She finished sixth in Toronto last weekend.

Along with IndyCar, Patrick is also competing part time on the NASCAR circuit this year.

Toronto last weekend was my best road course of the year, for sure. Definitely one of my better races of the year, for sure, Patrick said.

Chicago the week before was my best NASCAR race and those were the last races coming off an IndyCar, NASCAR, IndyCar, NASCAR run.

I think it shows that its really about me getting comfortable with the car at the track where Im at and doing both is not a hindrance.

Things turned around for Patrick after a disappointing event at Watkins Glen earlier this month, where she finished 20th.

I think after Watkins Glen, we all sat down and re-evaluated everything, Patrick said.

It was such a disappointing result that I almost didnt have the ability to be mad, I just realized that I had to do something new. Instead of doing the same thing and expecting a different result, I had to change the game plan.

We went to a more simplistic approach to the weekend and I really put it on to me to stop chasing this car around. I think that worked pretty well last weekend. Toronto was the first opportunity to exercise the new format and I think there was a noticeable difference.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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