Danica accelerates her progress

Patrick boosts her IndyCar image, season with second-place finish at Firestone 550k

Updated: June 6, 2010, 11:30 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage knew he'd get some griping, but he got it right when he put Danica Patrick's seductive brown eyes on a big banner outside the track's main entrance to greet race fans.

And after the show that the IndyCar Series' most popular driver, if hardly its most successful one, put on Saturday night under the lights at the Firestone 550K, Patrick advanced from welcoming committee to queen of TMS -- and really, as if she wasn't already.

She ...

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