The 27-year-old driver spoke two days before finishing 3rd in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, the best finish ever for a woman at the Brickyard.
Dan Patrick: It's been four years since your first Indy 500. Did you think you'd have a win in the race by now?
Danica Patrick: Yeah. It was such a good year that first year. [Patrick led the race with six laps remaining and finished fourth.] But it's been more difficult as the years have gone on, especially when we went to a single engine manufacturer [in 2006] and everybody has the same car.
Dan: What has changed about you in the last four years?
Danica: I'm more relaxed. Each year I've learned a little bit from the year before, and each year I'm a little more mature.
Dan: A victory at Indy would mean ...
Danica: Whoa, that's a lot. That would be—I might actually have to say it—a dream come true. It's just one race, but it's not just one race from a recognition and a history standpoint.
Dan: Let's talk about the tattoo. What made you do that?