Patrick’s first laps at Indy since 2011 washed out by rain

Danica Patrick returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week expecting to drive an Indy car for the first time since 2011.

Weather prevented her from turning any laps, but she still debuted her new No. 13 Ed Carpenter Racing machine on Indy’s famed Yard of Bricks.

Patrick didn’t mind her disrupted schedule.

“This is better for a couple reasons — I’m nervous to get back in the car,” Patrick told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from her parents’ snow-patched backyard in Indianapolis. She explained going outside and letting her dogs run around in the snow was the only place she could find enough quiet space to make a call.

“I am nervous and it gets worse.”