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Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 4:56 pm
By Pete Pistone

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 report, current Indy Car and Nationwide Series sponsor 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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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:59 pm

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

B/c they are never talked about?  Never have articles written about them?  Dont have endorsement contracts for their overall stinkyness???

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:43 pm

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

This post seems to be filled with whinners. So what if she only has a one win in 102 starts. There are plenty of current drivers in Nascar that are terrible but they still run in it. On average I would say that there are only about 10 to 15 winners a season and there are more than 43 drivers that vie for spots in the field. What do you guys all call those 20+ drivers that dont get wins. Do you guys sit there and complain that they are in Nascar. Not really. I dont think I have seen anyone post in here about how these non winning drivers dont belong in Nascar. If you wanted to have the only people that usaully contend for a win in the race then they should just narrow the field down to about 20 drivers to make all you guys happy so you can have all the "winners" racing. Haha if everyone is going to sit here and complain about Danica maybe coming to Nascar why dont you all start complaining about all the people that race in it that barely or never win first sine they are already there.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:23 pm

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

my bad yes i stand corrected thanks  so even harder to get a win

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:04 pm

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

Keep doing both Danica, that way can suck in 2 series

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:30 am

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

No loss here, don't let the door hit you in that cute butt on the way out Danica!

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:12 am

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

Does she still never win anything?

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:56 am

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

just a hassle - when was the last time you checked the schedule?  There are 36 races a year in Sprint Cup, fewer in the other series

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:25 am

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

I don't think it has anything to do with being a woman since there are better women drivers than her now with DiSilvestro and Mann.  She's just not as good as the hype.  Listen to her interviews, nothing is ever her fault (which made her a perfect fit for Andretti).  She became popular in IndyCar because of her rookie run at the 500 and then crapped on Rahal when she had the chance.  Now, she's doing the same for IndyCar as a whole.  Maybe she should look at Dario and Hornish and see she would be better off staying in IndyCar rather than going to NASCAR.  Not that NASCAR is better racing (snooze fest and then the "Big One". Plus the Green, White, Checker pretty much makes the last few laps a Demolition Derby), just a different animal.    

It's not like this is a surprise, and I don't think her leaving will hurt that much.  With the new car coming to Indy next year, you should see more competition and Patrick would have a better shot at winning than she will on the Nationwide tour.  She better get a hold on the attitude though, that won't work very well with the Good Ole Boys on the Redneck Circuit.   

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:51 am

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

so some of you think winning is easy in nascar, over the last 25 years from 1975 to 2009 here is a list of some winners and non winners with big names you should know in racing.. remember this is only a small list compared to all who have drivin during these 25 years

from racing 3 to 9 years or so --- kenny wallace 0/344 --- strickin 0/325 --- ruttman 0/223 --- todd bodne 0/204 --- richard childress 0/203 --- dallenbach 0/226 --- hylton 0/238 --- lepage 0/201 --- chad little 0/217 --- rick mast 0/364 --- mcduffie 0/359 --- kenny wallace 0/344 --- trickle 0/297

for racing over 10 plus years --- brett bodine 1/480 --- marcos 5/680 --- mayfield 5/433 --- sadler 3/429 --- schrader 4/733 --- speed 1/402 --- sheppard 4/511 --- spencer 2/478 --- m waltrip 4/759 --- d cope 2/409

so before you judge her take a fine look - there are only 43 races a year and some multiple winners so winning isnt as easy as some of you think, if with Jr. and the right packaging and yes a little frickin luck. odds are she will win a race if she hangs in there 10 years

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:51 am

Reports: Danica Patrick to go NASCAR full-time

Cool.  I'm looking forward to watching her bomb in a different arena.

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