Danica washed out at Indy

Danica Patrick returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week expecting to drive an Indy car for the first time since 2011.

Weather prevented her from turning any laps, but she still debuted her new No. 13 Ed Carpenter Racing machine on Indy's famed Yard of Bricks.

Patrick didn't mind her disrupted schedule.

"This is better for a couple reasons — I'm nervous to get back in the car," Patrick told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from her parents' snow-patched backyard in Indianapolis. She explained going outside and letting her dogs run around in the snow was the only place she could find enough quiet space to make a call.

"I am nervous and it gets worse as it gets closer, so I think for that reason, it's good to wait a little longer. But it's also better to wait a little longer and be in a more realistic situation with the cars and the conditions being right before the month of May starts."

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