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Patrick figures the main lesson to take away from Speedweeks is to stay up front to avoid wrecks.
"The further up front you are, the better off you are," Patrick said. "But then again, you need that experience to get further up front, which is what I'm trying to get."
Patrick thanked her crew for its hard work to repair her car.
After the crash, Patrick's No. 10 team worked furiously, with crew members wielding new parts, heavy-duty tape, tools and even a welding torch.
She remained strapped into her car as the laps ticked away until her crew finally wheeled the car out of the garage. She fired the engine back up, getting cheers from fans watching from a balcony above the garage area.
"I'm sure this is not new territory for a new driver," Patrick said. "I just wish it could have gone better for everybody that was so excited, especially the fans. It was great to see them cheering all around the track."
It was the continuation of a disappointing Speedweeks for Patrick, who left IndyCar to concentrate full time on NASCAR this season. Daytona is one of 10 Sprint Cup Series races Patrick plans to run for Stewart-Haas Racing this season.
She's also running a full season in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports.
Neither project is off to a flying start, but she figures there must be some lesson to take away.
"I just wish the beginning of the race could have been a nice single-file line like it was when I got back out there, but it wasn't," Patrick said. "And honestly, that's my lesson to learn, maybe. Write off that first little bit if you're not up front."
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