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Patrick has a recent test session in stock cars and heads to media day at Daytona in about a week. After that, she’ll race in the Nationwide opener on Daytona’s new surface on Feb. 19, followed by stock races in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Bristol, where she’ll get her first taste of short-track stock car racing.

After that, it’s back to IndyCar, starting with the season-opener at St. Petersburg on March 27, followed by a few more Nationwide races that she’ll announce later in the year.

The goal, on both circuits, is pretty simple: keep moving up the pack.

“In IndyCar, I want to win some races. I came close a few times last year and I’d like to change a couple of those second-place finishes into wins,” said Patrick, who was 10th in the 2010 IndyCar standings. “In NASCAR, I just want to keep building on where we were last year.”

Refreshed and relaxed, she’s off to a good start.