New storylines will emerge at Speedweeks in Daytona
Itâs been a unique start to Speedweeks in Daytona for NASCARâs Sprint Cup Series. Though technically, I guess most starts are unique. This one, however, has taken a new (if not predictable) turn since Danica Patrick went public concerning her relationship with fellow Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Donât worry, Iâm not going to re-hash, quote-for-quote, the events of the week.
Peppered with questions on Media Day â coincidentally held on Valentineâs Day this year â the couple, as well as most all other drivers, answered a bevy of most un-race-oriented queries largely in stride. The mere existence of questions, of course, drew the ire of many fans and media members alike, though in defense of those interested there hasnât been much else to talk about.
After all, a similar âMedia Tourâ was held just three weeks ago in Charlotte with the sportâs principles. Then, drivers, crew chiefs and owners dutifully answered competition-related questions. On their teamsâ 2013 outlook, drivers were âexcited;â on the new cars, crew chiefs toed the NASCAR line, praising the new body lines, noses and whatever else makes this new âGen-6â car unique (thereâs that word again) from homogenized models used since 2007. Owners smiled, talked of optimism in filling out sponsorship livery, practically giddy in how new personnel were coming together to make this season whatâs sure to be their best yet.
Patrick waited until after the Media Tour to admit to the Associated Press that the long-circulated rumor of a budding romance with Stenhouse was, in fact â¦ uh, fact. And with only closed team tests in the two weeks that followed, there honestly hasnât been much from a competition perspective to reveal, aside from prognostication and conjecture.