‘What the (Blank)?’ — Danica Patrick opens up in new Q&A


One day after future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter retired from the New York Yankees last October, he began the next phase of his life by debuting a new web site.

The premise was simple: a site about athletes, written and edited by athletes. And Jeter named it, appropriately enough, “ThePlayersTribune.com”.

One of the first “senior editors” Jeter “hired” was NASCAR star Danica Patrick.

Three months after her first column for TPT (where she talked about her relationship with fellow driver and love interest Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), Patrick is back with a new feature called “What the (Blank?)” – a fill-in-the-blanks kind of Q&A.

As TPT stated, “Just like on the first day of elementary school, we asked our athletes to answer 10 questions about themselves so you could get to know them better. Next up is Danica Patrick.”

It’s pretty clear Danica had fun with this little exercise.

We thought we’d give you some highlights, particularly as she let her hair down in a couple of answers, so to speak (her answers are in italic quotes):

* I am the best “hair model” on my team.

* My biggest nightmare is “split ends and failing at anything.”

* “California” is my favorite road city.

* If my entire team participated in a Royal Rumble, the last (wo)man standing would be “I really think me.”

Those are just appetizers. There’s six more questions and Danica’s answers.

Click here to check out the rest.

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IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.


Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.



IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold


—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold


—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold