Danica Patrick, approaching her final Daytona 500, turned in a blistering practice time on Friday, by running fifth with a time of 199.406. Now, running fifth in practice may not seem like a big deal, but remember, Patrick is riding in a car and for a team — Premium Motorsports — that isn’t expected to do well. She’s also starting in the 14th row, way back in the pack.
But at least, for a day, she showed some speed.
Joe Gibbs drivers finished one-two, with Daniel Suarez (199.840) besting Denny Hamlin (199.743 mph). Martin Truex Jr. was third (199.694 mph), and David Ragan fourth (199.650)