Media and fans surrounded Danica Patrick's car long before she arrived. The group was orderly for awhile. And then security began checking credentials, and fans, many of whom held their picture-taking cell phones high, were sent to the back. When they attempted to return -- and many did -- a scrum ensued.
Patrick arrived and fans began to shout her name.She faced her car, removed the band from her hair and her ponytail fell. She checked her watch and took a sip from a bottle of water.
Michael Waltrip, who stood behind her, called her name and she went to him. He bent down and said, "This is awesome." They talked awhile, the scrum behind them growing.
Then she put the band back in her hair, climbed in the car and went to work.