Danica learned from last year

Updated: February 19, 2014, 12:13 PM ET
By Brant James | Special to espnW.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick leaned forward in her patio chair, pointing toward the clump of cars on the laptop screen. Under a crystal-blue sky two days before Daytona 500 qualifying, relaxing at a table beside her motor coach, the second-year Sprint Cup driver was quickly drawn back into the mayhem of her final laps of the 2013 Daytona 500.

"Five to go ... where am I, third, here," she said, counting the running order with a finger. "Yeah."

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