On Friday, full-time Indy Car driver, part-time NASCAR driver, and new media sensation Danica Patrick appeared at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to practice for Saturday's Stater Brothers 300 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
In the practice sessions—her first at this type of track—she improved from 37th on the speed charts in the first session to 27th in the second.
After the practice in her green No. 7 Go-Daddy Chevrolet, she made her way to the driver's meeting room for a 15-20 minute appearance, at which she made a brief statement about her day then fielded questions from the press.
After the appearance, she exited the door on the south side of the room.
As she bent down to pet a small dog and make small talk with the owner, nearly a dozen photographers tripped over each other trying to get pictures of her with the dog.
After that brief stop, Danica left, signing an autograph or two on her way back toward the Nationwide garage.
Also at the track that day were over 90 other drivers and their teams to practice for the two races coming up this weekend.
Some of them made appearances in the driver's meeting room as well, but little is known about any similar interactions with small dogs and their owners.
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