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12/19/09
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Observations from Danica's Daytona ARCA test  
Danica Patrick in the No. 88 GoDaddy car
AutoRacing1.com is live here in Daytona where Danica Patrick and host of other newbie’s are trying out ARCA stock cars.  Looking at these cars, compared to, say an ALMS, IndyCar or F1, we feel like we went back in time about 20 years.

They do have tons of aero telemetry on them though.  The JR team must have about 100 airflow tubes and sensors all over the car. There are about 6 on the rear wing, and about 20 in the rear window and deck. So there is some tech here, but they obviously don’t allow it in the racing. You can tell that is the difference between the teams though.

For what it's worth, Danica has two cars and all the goodies, and Milka Duno is with a small team that seems to have about 1/10 the crew and staff, and her car doesn’t have any of those aero sensors at all.

We are sure there are intricacies to the mechanics of these cars, but as far as driving them goes, we are not impressed at all, even though we tried to come here with an open mind.

We could be mistaken, but it looks to us like the GrandAm prototypes are faster through turns 3 and 4 and across the start-finish line, after which they dive into the infield road course.

They are running in draft groups now. They were only letting out single cars until the afternoon.  We understand the series does not do it randomly, and the teams have to cut deals to find partners to draft with in groups of five or so. So this becomes as much a game of politics as anything else. If you are testing, and nobody wants to run on the track with you to practice in the draft, what the heck do you do then?

So it would be easy for someone who is not really wanted here, to not get very far, even if they came in with a great drivers resume and a top team with plenty of money.

The draft also produced the fastest speeds of the day with a trio of Venturini Motorsports drivers-Mikey Kile, Steve Arpin and Alli Owens--comprising the top-three positions on the speed charts.

Narain Karthikeyan
"We found a lot of stuff today and a lot of speed," said Kile, fastest overall with a 49.164 second/183.061 mph lap. "We tried a lot of different packages in single car runs and here at the end of the day was our first drafting session. We had an awesome day...the team had an awesome day."

Kile's teammates, Fort Frances, Ontario's Steve Arpin and local, Daytona Beach, Florida, native Alli Owens, posted identical times (49.192 seconds/182.957 mph) while pushing Kile around the 2.5-mile track. Defending race winner James Buescher, in a Phoenix Racing Toyota, was fourth fastest in the Saturday afternoon drafting session, followed by Brandon McReynolds in Eddie Sharp's No. 2 Toyota.

Leilani Münter
Indian F1 hopeful Narain Karthikeyan has not been in the car today because he is not on the time sheets.  He appears to be sharing the car with an Asian driver. We caught a glimpse of him in the pit lane and grabbed a quick photo (later....).

There are 10 women testing here this weekend, so Danica is certainly not the only one. We have to say that we don’t think she is the hottest of them either.

Check out Leilani Münter.  Scott Morris reporting live from Daytona

Results Saturday

Pos.

No. Name Laps Time Speed
1 25 Mikey Kile 36 49.164 183.06
2 15 Alli Owens 36 49.192 182.96
3 55 Steve Arpin 36 49.192 182.96
4 51 James  Buescher 51 49.312 182.51
5 2 Brandon McReynolds 46 49.323 182.47
6 60 Patrick Sheltra 7 49.355 182.35
7 16A Randy Renfro 32 49.374 182.28
8 11 Bryan Silas 32 49.394 182.21
9 22 Dakoda Armstrong 29 49.408 182.16
10 52K Josh Richards 39 49.418 182.12
11 36A Robb Brent 6 49.436 182.05
12 69 Steve Blackburn 22 49.46 181.97
13 90 Milka Duno 17 49.475 181.91
14 30 Terry Jones 11 49.486 181.87
15 97 Matt Lofton 27 49.491 181.85
16 07 Ricky Byers 25 49.494 181.84
17 43 Kyle Martel 51 49.545 181.65
18 4 Ricky Carmichael 28 49.564 181.58
19 88 Danica Patrick 69 49.572 181.55
20 88A Danica Patrick 14 49.621 181.37
21 31 Tim George Jr. 22 49.68 181.16
22 85 Lance Fenton 36 49.763 180.86
23 16 Joey Coulter 11 49.773 180.82
24 51B Ryan Crane 21 49.782 180.79
25 28A Chris Cockrum 9 49.885 180.41
26 5A Bobby Gerhart 11 49.926 180.27
27 21 Jennifer Jo Cobb 26 49.941 180.21
28 59 Leilani Munter 40 49.97 180.11
29 36C Glen Reen 23 49.99 180.04
30 54 Brad Means 4 49.998 180.01
31 66A Hal Martin 17 50.038 179.86
32 14 John Ferrier 14 50.057 179.80
33 77 Tom Hessert 36 50.064 179.77
34 83 Grant Enfinger 14 50.072 179.74
35 10 Darryl O'Young 17 50.181 179.35
36 75 Scott Stenzel 27 50.213 179.24
37 5 Bobby Gerhart 2 50.311 178.89
38 76 Jerick Johnson 2 50.313 178.88
39 36 Robb Brent 6 50.314 178.88
40 70B Richard Clifton 31 50.317 178.87
41 0 Butch Jarvis 15 50.351 178.75
42 12A Russ Dugger 44 50.393 178.60
43 54B Chris Lawson 2 50.434 178.45
44 54A Zach Bruenger 5 50.482 178.28
45 75A Chuck Walker 18 50.487 178.26
46 36D Ashley Parlett 10 50.516 178.16
47 70 Tony Palumbo 32 50.669 177.62
48 8 Jill George 23 50.674 177.61
49 12 Derek White 21 50.756 177.32
50 82 Sean Corr 35 50.805 177.15
51 58 Chad Hackenbracht 35 51.079 176.20
52 28 Brent Cross 13 51.383 175.16
53 73A Angela Cope 5 51.498 174.76
54 48 James Hylton 6 51.624 174.34
55 73 Amber Cope 2 51.676 174.16
56 1B Tony Yawn Jr. 32 51.9 173.41
57 03A Donny Kelley 2 52.031 172.97
58 77A Tom Hessert 2 52.151 172.58
59 23 Frank Wilson Jr. 29 52.234 172.30
60 89B Justin Boston 34 52.805 170.44
61 89 Chris Lafferty 8 52.905 170.12
62 36E Jason Bowles 2 53.583 167.96
63 03 Stephan McCurley 4 54.508 165.11

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