Fellows tutors Patrick in NASCAR

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

MONTREAL - If Danica Patrick finishes anywhere near the top five or top 10 on Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, she said she will owe Ron Fellows big time. Patrick said that in preparation for her first attempt at NASCAR road racing, she spent a day and about 100 laps or so at Road Atlanta earlier this month being tutored on the finer points of turning a 3,300-pound stock car both left and right. “With my IndyCar background, with all the bells and whistles that we use, we can get instant feedback on what we are doing lap over lap compared to other drivers,” she said. “In NASCAR you don’t have that, so what Ron was able to show me in testing was invaluable.” Fellows, who has five Nationwide victories on his resume, including a 2008 win at Montreal, will be Patrick’s teammate with JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., this weekend. She will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet and he will drive the same No. 5 Chevrolet that ran second earlier this season at Road America. Patrick said she was amazed watching how Fellows went into corners in the stock cars. “It was beneficial for me just to see how deep he drove into corners,” Patrick said. “He really did do a good job.” More than just watching, Patrick said, she was able to try to do what Fellows was doing in real time on the track. “Just being able to compare myself to him throughout the day ... it was just so good to watch and learn how he does things in a stock car,” she said. “We certainly will be able to use what I learned from Ron on the race weekend.”

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