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“It seems like it was about 10 years ago, especially after these last few weeks,” Patrick said. “My last mile and a half (track) was Vegas, and that was a good result. I don’t know if there will be another top-five along the way. That would be wonderful. But I think that for me, it’s still sticking with that top-15, I think, is a good goal for me.”

On the IndyCar side, Patrick is looking forward to the series’ return to Milwaukee on June 19. The historic track had been taken off the schedule because of past promoters’ financial problems.

“I complained like heck that we didn’t come here last year,” Patrick said. “I said to all the people in the series that it’s a mistake, that this is the best track, I think, for racing for us. There’s really two very good grooves here.”

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