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Rookie season could be rocky for Danica Patrick

Updated: February 15, 2013, 9:06 PM ET
By Brant James

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Excitement was perceptible in Danica Patrick's voice at the end of her first partial season in the Sprint Cup Series last year. Whereas the conclusion of her first full Nationwide Series season was still important, an interested glance ahead to the next task was understandable.

Interactions were more energetic and detailed over team radio, especially when crew chief Tony Gibson took over at Texas for a second-to-last-race push-off into their tenure together ...

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