Asked whether she was more elated with her eighth-place finish or more disappointed at not winning in one of the race's strongest cars, Patrick elaborated.
"I would imagine that pretty much anyone would kick themselves and say what I could have, should have done to give myself the opportunity to win," Patrick said. "I think that's what I was feeling today, was uncertainty as to how I was going to accomplish that.
"There was plenty of time while you were cruising along. I was talking to (crew chief) Tony (Gibson) and my spotter on the radio, ‘What do you see people doing? What's working? What's not?' I was thinking in the car, ‘How am I going to do this?' I didn't know what to do, exactly."
"So I feel like maybe that's just my inexperience," Patrick said of her inability to construct a winning move. "I suppose the only downside of running in that front group all day is that I never got any practice passing. I never tried really anything.