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Patrick Leaves Motegi Pit Area

Patrick Leaves Motegi Pit Area

Motegi, Japan

Patrick's work with her pit crew and crew chief got her the win; for many newer race fans, the kind Patrick has attracted to the sport, this event might have the first race where the importance of communication and cooperation between a driver and her pit crew (or his pit crew) had never been clearer. After her off-rotation final pit stop, Patrick took on enough ethanol to finish the race, while her competitors, at least those with a shot at the win, too, had to stop with only a few laps left for a "splash-and-dash" of fuel. Patrick was also able to slow down a bit and take the best care of her race car in those final laps, while those with her in the running for the win were forced to make crazed, feverish pit stops, the kind where mistakes are more easily made.

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