We're almost three years into Danica Patrick's NASCAR experiment, although this is only the first year she's been focusing on stock cars full-time after primarily running IndyCar in 2010 and 2011.
This was supposed to be the breakout year, the year that Patrick finally showed us all the great runs that we'd been waiting for, the year that she finally got a grip on what it takes to wheel a car twice as heavy as her former IndyCar.
We're still waiting.
While Patrick's adjustment hasn't exactly been made easier by excessive media coverage, her struggles provide fascinating fodder for analysis. There are plenty of reasons that her move has left her fanbase unsatisfied, but the truth is it takes a perfect storm of factors to create a sense of disappointment this acute.
So why has Patrick struggled in her move from IndyCar to NASCAR? Here are seven reasons why the transition hasn't been so smooth: