Danica Patrick keeps pace in qualifying

Updated: February 19, 2012, 8:26 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Crew chief Greg Zipadelli leaned into the window of the No. 10 Chevrolet, gave his driver a few last-second instructions and -- with a light chirp of the tires -- Danica Patrick was off on her first qualifying lap in a Sprint Cup car.

"I hope it's something like Tiger Woods, where we get more and more people to watch the sport," said Gene Haas, the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, as he watched his driver's big day.

OK, this wasn't Woods walking ...

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