“I miss finishing better. I miss being relevant. I miss being good.”
Danica Patrick expresses as much in the upcoming documentary titled “Danica,” which airs one week from tonight on Nov. 8. And judging by a trailer for the documentary, the 35-year-old Patrick had a lot on her mind when she allowed director Hannah Storm, of ESPN, and Epix into her life.
Focused on both racing as well as the brand Patrick has become away from it, Patrick was followed from early January until nearly the beginning of July.
“They weren’t with me every day, but we did a lot,” Patrick said. “I also encouraged them to do a lot of interviews, so they interviewed a lot of other people.”
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is no stranger to documentaries, but she has not done one since her Formula Atlantic days.
“I feel like I have a lot of other things going on that would be nice to show and talk about and show people how invested I am into everything,” said Patrick.
“I don’t want to say what I hope you take away from it. I know what my purpose was for it, and what I hope that people will see, but it’s one of those, ‘you have to see for yourself’. I’m glad I did it, for sure.”
Among those included in the piece are Patrick’s parents, fellow driver and boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., as well as car owner Tony Stewart. Featured in the documentary is home footage from Patrick’s younger years in addition to a glimpse into her life at the race track as well as at home.
Although she could have had creative control, Patrick said she didn’t give any instructions with regard to what she wanted or how the piece needed to turn out. Instead, Patrick was curious to see her life from someone else’s perspective.
“What is the story?” said Patrick. “I don’t know. I can show you every aspect of my life, but you need from your point of view this is what’s interesting.”
Currently in her fifth full season at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, Patrick became the first woman to win a pole in the premier series in 2013 at the Daytona 500. She followed that up by becoming the first woman to lead laps in the sport’s biggest race as well as the highest-finishing female ever with an eighth-place effort. Her future beyond the 2017 season remains uncertain following earlier confirmation that she will not be part of Stewart-Haas Racing next year.