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Patrick trying to keep it simple in Toronto

 IRL driver Danica Patrick races around the track during the first practice session for the Hondy Indy Toronto auto race in Toronto,  Friday July 16, ...
 IRL driver Danica Patrick adjusts her helmet before the first practice session for the Hondy Indy Toronto auto race in Toronto,  Friday July 16, 2010...

IRL Honda Indy Toronto Auto Racing

IRL driver Danica Patrick races around the track during the first practice session for the Hondy Indy Toronto auto race in Toronto, Friday July 16, ...

IRL Honda Indy Toronto Auto Racing

IRL driver Danica Patrick adjusts her helmet before the first practice session for the Hondy Indy Toronto auto race in Toronto, Friday July 16, 2010...

Danica Patrick is going back to basics in the Honda Indy Toronto race on Sunday.
"I'm going to really try to come at it with a slightly different approach and stop chasing every little thing that I feel and just start focusing on my driving and really just try to keep it really simple," Patrick said Friday.
"There's a lot to be said for being able to know what you have when you go out on a street course, especially, because it's as an old driving coach from Atlantics said, 'It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to be fast.'"
The race is the second of five straight street or road races before the season ends with four oval events. In the first five street and road events of the year, Patrick finished 15th, seventh, 19th, 16th and 20th. She was second at Texas Motor Speedway and 11th, sixth and 10th in the other oval races.
Last year in the first IndyCar Series race on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn street course at Exhibition Place, Patrick started 18th and finished sixth. She also raced at the track in Formula Atlantic in 2003 and 2004.
"I love coming to Toronto," Patrick said. "It's a great city and a great race track. I know street courses are a little notorious for being hard to pass and being a lot of follow the leader, but I was really impressed last year, seeing just how we were able to get runs on the back straight and make things happen.
"It's a little bumpy and feels a little narrow, but it has passing, something that doesn't always happen on a street course."
She was 24th last week in the Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway, her best finish in five starts for owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR's second-tier series.
"I'm really enjoying it," Patrick said. "There's a lot of really great people. The drivers are very generous with their advice and time. ... It's humbling, to say the least, at times, but it's also very rewarding, too, when I finally get it. It's fun. There's a lot of passing, and passing's fun to do."
She struggled in the first practice session Friday morning, finishing 22nd among the 26 drivers with a fast lap of 95.471 mph. She was 11th in the afternoon session at 100.452 in her No. 7 Andretti Autosport entry.
"We made a few changes from the first practice session to the second and we were able to find some speed," Patrick said. "I think the changes that we made gave us a much better idea on where we need to go for tomorrow. Overall, I'm happy with today's practice sessions and hope we have a strong qualifying run tomorrow."
Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon led the first practice session at 98.850 mph, and Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay topped the chart in the second at 101.668.
Series leader Will Power was fourth at 101.341. Coming off a victory July 4 at Watkins Glen, the Australian has a 32-point lead over Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti.
"It's tough out there," said Power, a three-time winner this year for Team Penske. "The competition is so tight. No one really has a big advantage here. You have to be up on the wheel and really drive the car hard."