It's Memorial Day weekend, one of the biggest weekends of the year for auto racing fans. Sunday kicks off NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Danica Patrick, who has struggled since February's Daytona 500, said it's one of the biggest races of the year for her and her team.
"It's a huge race. Other than the Daytona 500, it's the biggest and longest race of the year," Patrick told CNBC. She raced last weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of the Sprint All-Star Race finishing a disappointing 20th out of 22 racers. Patrick admitted it was a tough race but hopes the practice on the track will help her for this weekend.
According to Sports Illustrated, Coca-Cola 600 is "the longest race of the year (600 miles) and arguably the most physically taxing. Because the race starts in daylight (6 p.m. EST) and ends in darkness, the track conditions change dramatically. The driver and the team most adept at altering their car's setup to the cooling asphalt (which translates into more tire grip) will most likely reach Victory Lane."