Stop me if you've heard this before but Danica Patrick will become a full-time NASCAR driver next season.
ESPN is reporting an official announcement will come next week that will put Patrick behind the wheel of a JR Motorsports Nationwide Series car for the full schedule in 2012 with plans to move into the Sprint Cup Series the following season.
A Fox Sports report late Wednesday said a press conference is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. PT.
Patrick is competing in her final contract year with Andretti Autosport in the IZOD Indy Car Series while also juggling a partial Nationwide program with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team.
Current sponsor GoDaddy.com is expected to sponsor Patrick's NASCAR effort and next week's announcement will most likely be held at the company's Phoenix, Arizona headquarters.
Still to be decided is what team Patrick would join for her Sprint Cup endeavor, which might include a handful of starts next season before moving into a full schedule in 2013. Stewart-Haas Racing is rumored to be a possible destination, although officials from that organization have denied anything is in place to add a third entry to its current stable of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman.
It's also unknown whether Patrick will be able to compete in the Indianapolis 500 while maintaining her NASCAR responsibilities.
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