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NASCAR driver Danica Patrick lands new sponsor for No. 10 car

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If you’ve watch racing on TV for the last several years then you probably know that Danica Patrick has been sponsored by GoDaddy. She ran the INDYCAR Series, ARCA Racing Series, as well as both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Car Series with the familiar GoDaddy logo on her hood and fire suit following last weekends race at Kentucky Speedway.

Now there’s going to be a slight color and logo adjustment to the No. 10 Chevrolet. Don’t worry Danica fans, it will still be green with a splash of orange and Godaddy will be well represented. But get ready for a splash of pink and co-primary sponsor on the hood in the form of the Florida Lottery.

The official announcement came from Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday. The deal with the Florida Lottery joining GoDaddy as co-primary sponsors will last for at least two races according to the team. The sponsorship kicks in just in time for the July 5 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

The second race for the sponsorship package following the Coke Zero 400, at the World Center of Racing in Daytona, will also be during a NASCAR event in Florida. Look for the Florida Lottery to be back on the No. 10 car for the season-ending race Sprint Cup series race on November, 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As with any sponsorship package Danica will add apperences and promotions for the Florida Lottery during those two races. One of the announced promotions will be a Florida Lottery customer contest for race fans in which the winners will not only meet Patrick but also be invited to hang out with her pit crew and have the opportunity to sit on the team's pit box throughout the race. In addition, a single grand-prize winner will receive Danica's race-worn fire suit.

Patrick finished a disappointing 21st last weekend for the Quicken Loans 400 at Kentucky Speedway. She started the race tenth and ran a strong car until handling issues relegated her to being the last car on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved. According to Patrick the race was a tough one on what’s called the “Roughest Track” in racing.

“I’m disappointed,” Patrick said.

“I’m not sure why it didn’t handle well in the last run. It was just too tight. It was good in the first half, but in the second half it wasn’t really good. It’s disappointing to say the least, because I think we could have finished better. It’s too bad for the GoDaddy team.”

Even with last week’s finish being disappointing to Patrick and her team she can look forward to a track where she has done great things in the past. Her first-ever stock car start came at Daytona during the season opening ARCA Racing Series race in February of 2010. Patrick started 12th and finished the race in the sixth spot.

Since then, Patrick has raced at Daytona in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup series races. She started in the top-15 for all seven Nationwide Series races. In Nationwide she had four top-five starts and she won the pole in the February 2012 race. Just last season Danica opened up the NASCAR 2013 season when she started on the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500. Patrick then led five laps and finished eighth which made it the best finish for any woman driver in the history the race.

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