Danica Patrick rolled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway not knowing what to expect from her NASCAR Nationwide Series race car. But one thing is for certain: she never expected to get a $1,000 pair of shoes.

Jerry Gappens, NHMS executive vice president and general manager, presented Indy Racing League's most popular driver with a new pair of gold, platform high-heeled Yves Saint Laurent size seven stilettos. A gushing Patrick happily accepted the welcome gift and explained that shoes and purses are a few of a girl's favorite things.

"I have never paid that much for a pair of shoes," said Gappens. "The bad thing is it cost me double; my wife charged me a finder's fee."

"It is only fair that your wife gets a pair, you bought another woman a pair of shoes," Patrick responded.

She is returning to NASCAR after a four month hiatus, and admits that a stock car is completely different from an Indy Car, which can make for some serious intimidation.

"The intimidation factor really comes from the fact that I don't know the car," she said. "I wasn't sure I was going to like the car but after the first test I really enjoyed it. There is just so much that is so unfamiliar."

Danica Patrick will get behind the wheel of the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet, owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in tomorrow's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the New England 200, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are still available for both Saturday and for Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301. Please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.

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