KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – On March 15, 1985, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Darrell Waltrip was in the midst of a three-win season that would culminate in his third series championship. While Waltrip was busy wheeling his No. 11 Chevrolet on the track, Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), was nearing her third birthday. For what it’s worth, REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” was the No. 1 song in the United States.
In the midst of all that was going on that day, there was another major milestone that would eventually have a major impact on our world. On March 15, 1985, the first dot-com domain name was registered and the Internet and world as we know it changed forever.
At that time, the Internet was a noncommercial medium that was used more as a military and academic tool and most people didn’t know what domain names were. But now, 30 years later, the technology is as relevant as ever as there are more than 115 million dot-coms on the Internet, including 100 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.
As the Sprint Cup Series travels to Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500k, GoDaddy and Verisign are teaming up to honor Sunday’s anniversary with a “#30YearsofCOM .com Powered by Verisign” special message on the hood of Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet. As part of the celebration, people can enter for a chance to win up to $35,000 by submitting their own dot-com in Verisign’s “Internet Official” contest at VerisignInternetOfficial.com.
Patrick enters Sunday’s race at Phoenix ready to make some history of her own and improve on her performance at the track. In five prior Sprint Cup starts at the mile oval, her best result is a 17th-place finish earned in November 2012. She’s also made five starts in the Xfinity Series at the track and scored a 10th-place result in November 2012. In Patrick’s lone IndyCar Series start at Phoenix in March 2005, she finished 15th. With Patrick's long-time sponsor GoDaddy headquartered about 40 miles northeast of the track in Scottsdale, Patrick looks forward to returning home to Phoenix where she knows she'll have the support of her friends, family and employees from GoDaddy cheering her on.
DANICA PATRICK, Driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing:
Phoenix is a big weekend for the GoDaddy team, given that the company is based in nearby Scottsdale. Talk about that.
“It’s always fun to go to Phoenix because of GoDaddy. I’m fortunate that we get to race in GoDaddy’s hometown twice a year so we get to visit them and have them at the track. I think it’s really important and it’s nice knowing I’ve got a lot of fans in GoDaddy green pulling for me at the racetrack. We want to give them something to cheer for.”
Do you have a lot of friends coming out for this race?
“I do, actually. GoDaddy has a lot of people, and then I have a lot of friends coming out, as well. It’s a nice race for everyone to see and, hopefully, everyone has a good time.”
What are your overall thoughts on racing at Phoenix this weekend?
“We had a solid race there last November. It was one of my first weekends working with Daniel (Knost, crew chief) and hopefully we can build on that performance when we return to the track this weekend. I like Phoenix and think it’s a great track, so I hope we can have another smooth run and do well.”
- Mike Zizzo
Director of Media Relations
Texas Motor Speedway