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Danica Patrick makes strides with 24th-place finish

Updated: November 4, 2012, 10:07 PM ET
By Brant James

Danica Patrick wants a crew chief, she says, that believes in her, supports her and provides a foundation for trust. Fast race cars are a prerequisite, too.

And, she said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, working with old-school racers and self-described "rednecks" seems to suit her well. Tony Gibson, a homespun character with a technical acumen that helped him win three Sprint Cup titles as a car chief, might suit her very well, indeed.

One race into their tenure ...

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