Danica Patrick appears ready to wave good-bye to Indy Cars and hello to NASCAR full-time next season.
Several sources have reported that Patrick and her management team are in the process of finalizing a deal that would put her into a full Nationwide Series effort in 2012 with a handful of Sprint Cup races throw into the mix. A full-time Cup effort would then follow in 2013, in time for the debut of NASCAR’s next generation series car.
According to an ESPN.com report, current Indy Car and Nationwide Series sponsor Go-Daddy.com would follow Patrick to the next phase of her NASCAR career.
Patrick is represented by IMG, one of the largest sports agencies in the world. Her current contracts with Andretti Autosport in Indy Car and JR Motorsports in NASCAR expire at the end of this season.
Speculation is that Patrick would remain in the JR Motorsports camp for the Nationwide campaign in 2012 and help the organization elevate to a Sprint Cup effort the following season.
Patrick was asked about her contract situation over the weekend during qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indy 500, but was coy about what her next career move may be.
"I suppose anything is possible," Patrick said. "But I know for me, I haven't made any of those decisions yet."
Patrick will start 25th in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Her next scheduled NASCAR start will come with in the June 4th Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway.
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