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Well fans of the Indy 500 are breathing a sigh of relief the big races this weekend and what of its biggest stars came close to missing it.
Danica Patrick almost had to sit this one out but after her car finally passed inspection she managed to qualify but she still has tough competition.
In the form of Dario Franchitti.
Going for his second straight Indy 500 win and third overall they both.
Join us now to area that I said Dario have given the English accent and -- yeah yeah Jackson yeah it like this guy's got to see you both thanks for coming.
Danica I got it straight up a lot of people are wondering whether you're going to be staying with the -- thing going over to NASCAR -- time I get it out of the what's the latest on -- -- -- there's no answer on that it's I think.
It's it's way too early to know that there's this these things take time and they they you know I just don't know yet.
For those who -- don't know what we're talking about by the way Danica is in the Indy 500 races but you -- races part time I guess it's fair to say -- -- -- And the question is whether you go full time to NASCAR and and a lot of people.
-- speculate -- that but you're not sure.
-- you have some expert it's within its star or don't -- -- you did you did the NASCAR switch and what would you advise Danica you have to win and then the 500 and the -- in 07 -- -- -- did -- Why and why I wanted to go and try something different and I realized pretty quickly we're talking about this today and that quickly and as I love driving Indy cars that's what doesn't mean -- -- back because they're faster or what the faster and it it it that's what excite -- and some people like I've installed cars more.
Indy cars what does it for me and I'm worried should be the average speed and Craig if I'm wrong but 224.
Miles per hour 224 point 861.
If you want to be a -- point -- about it.
That's the average for these open open wheel races -- -- credible poll was 22 -- -- seven and eight to 27 wow that and NASCAR would be to what really that high forty miles per hour slower than men.
Yet they are so could you deal you know -- Wesley got -- are more fun to do Indy.
Eat -- there's nothing like driving me because there's nothing like driving an open wheel car this sensation that it has it's like nothing else -- and I think that's what makes this so hard for drivers to -- And driving IndyCar and doing it because it does it it will do so so many unbelievable things -- -- -- imagine.
But you know stock car racing is fun I like to get out there highlights a bump around then.
I like to -- like the way that the cars change over the race throughout each stint that you run then and this just a lot going on so.
And the clouds are faster but isn't the crowd more fun with with NASCAR I mean it's a different it's it's a slightly different crowds it's even cried but the IndyCar fans are -- they love it -- -- 350000.
Of them -- -- for an Indy 500 wow.
It is 360.
-- -- Unbelievable.
It's a big old event and it's a hundredth anniversary so it's even more special so.
Everybody there and it wants to an Indy 500 this -- extra special is there are cultural difference though between NASCAR and Indy.
Terms of the people who watch and and the racers themselves Danica.
You know the racers there's definitely a lot more foreign drivers yet in one -- month.
There are -- that are not American in an in -- there are a lot of American drivers as far as the fans go.
Personally think that you know is that when -- great fans in both places and in NASCAR races a lot so they get to a lot of markets and you know they generate a lot of fans but -- there's definitely some core open wheel fans that are.
Total diehards that those NASCAR diehard fans still and who love their shanties and you know our and that then they all exist that's.
-- thing about NASCAR's that we can identify -- it is sort of like you know I can't identify much for basketball players but I came with baseball players as they look more like me.
You know -- my sides -- my -- etc.
NASCAR's -- is is similar attack course that you drive.
Now enough and close and they they look a little bit outside and look at -- You know that ultimately be Indy cars would fly in and to fight Taylor's.
Then NASCAR's more like flying 747 currencies that.
The closest thing and like -- -- -- -- island -- all right this weekend what's gonna happen any ideas besides affect people think you're gonna win.
-- -- Well I've got a look a lot more work to do it was drama filled weekend of qualifying for.
For myself had a great week leading up to qualifying but it all fell -- so.
Can't look back the pieces now and it makes for extra work for race day and there's only one more hour of practice and while you're working on qualifying you're not working on race car so unfortunately way to get a lot of practice but.
That's I'm not gonna start making excuses now it's time to -- -- buckle down and use my experience and the experience that I have those resources on the team and and get to work -- either 500 miles it's not a short -- Neither one of you look particularly nervous Dario you look.
Positively relax the race is almost a week away what he's gonna fight my job is to trying to target car in Victory Lane and that's that's what we do we managed to do last yet.
My teammate Scott Dixon's start on the front -- we were looking for from -- and run out of fuel and qualifying.
We'll -- from the mistakes -- Sunday we'll see what happens when -- and service.
The night before maybe they may then I -- with you -- Danica -- best of -- -- --
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