Patrick: The car got better and better
29 June 2009 – Danica Patrick was pleased to have come home amongst the top five finishers at Richmond on Sunday. The Andretti Green driver, who was the second in a string of the team's cars spreading from fourth to seventh places, was the final driver not to be lapped and retains a top five position in the championship.
"It was good," Danica said afterwards. "I wasn't sure how staying out on that first yellow would work out but I guess it did work out; when we first went back out we were really fast and we were picking people off - I don't know if that had anything to do with that strategy working out, but the guys did a really good job in the pits.
Although third-placed Graham Rahal may have finished over 11 seconds up the road, Danica followed team-mate Hideki Mutoh to finish just over half a second behind the Japanese driver. "I would have liked to stay up with Scott (Dixon) and Dario (Franchitti) at the beginning when we stayed out because I think we had the pace," 27-year-old Patrick continued.
"The car got better and better all night. When you get lapped traffic in the way, some are tougher than others and it makes for a long night. It was a solid run for AGR. We need to put our heads together and figure out what happened with our qualifying here and apply that to everywhere else. We will have to work harder."