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Learning curve is steep for Danica Patrick

Updated: March 17, 2012, 2:07 PM ET
By Brant James

Tony Stewart had access to lap after redundant lap in a Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac when he left IndyCar for NASCAR in 1998. The former IndyCar champion is now the defending and three-time Sprint Cup champion.

When Danica Patrick left IndyCar after seven seasons to begin her first full Nationwide Series season, she was limited by current NASCAR rules to far fewer laps before she arrived at Daytona International Speedway to practice for the season-opening Nationwide race. She ...

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