DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Danica Patrick
said she could relate to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
when he said he'd suffered numerous concussions throughout his time as a driver. "I've had concussions," Patrick
said. "Every time you crash you have a concussion on a varying degree, I'm sure. So when he said something about having 12 concussions I was like, 'Oh, I'm sure I've had 12 concussions.'" Earnhardt
Jr. is making his return to the Cup Series in 2017 after missing the second half of 2016 because of concussions sustained over the summer. Junior has discussed his transparency during his recovery process numerous times and Patrick
said that openness has helped raise the level of awareness in the garage. "Now, I don't think anyone else has as much luxury sponsorship-wise as Dale Jr.
probably does to be able to just get out of the car like that, but it also is coming from a big-name driver that is setting the standard for well-being and it's admirable," Patrick
said. "I think we like to sweep it all ... ...