Blog Entry

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 5:36 pm
 
Posted by Brian De Los Santos

Danica Patrick officially announced Thursday that she would leave the IndyCar Series at the end of the season, to drive full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012.

Pistone: Up to Danica to now perform

Patrick will remain with JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. In 20 career Nationwide starts, she has an average finish of 23.8, with one top five and three top 10s.

Patrick will also try to qualify for eight to10 Sprint Cup races, in a car fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing. One of the races is expected to be the Daytona 500, though at her news conference she couldn't confirm her Cup schedule for 2012.

She has run seven full-time seasons in the IndyCar Series where she has amassed one win, 20 tops fives and 61 top 10s in 111 starts. Her best points finish was fifth in 2009.

What they're saying

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “Danica has done a great job in a short amount of time for JR Motorsports. Her work ethic is probably the best of anyone in the sport.  People don’t understand how difficult it is to do what she did – racing two totally different cars at the same time.  I’m glad she gets the opportunity to devote all of her attention to this car, because I think she’s going to continue getting better.  Danica has earned her place on the track, and I look forward to having her and Go Daddy back in the No. 7 car next year.”

Tony Stewart: “We’re very excited to have Danica Patrick and Go Daddy join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2012 for a limited NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with the intention of us running her full-time in Sprint Cup in 2013. We’re proud of the fact she wants to come and be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing and what we’ve built with Ryan Newman and myself and all of our partners. Having Danica and Go Daddy as a combination at SHR is something we’re really looking forward to.

“The thing you see in Danica right away is how determined she is to be good at what she does. She’s very dedicated to taking the time and effort to make the transition from Indy cars to stock cars. She has talent, she has the right mindset and she has the proper drive and determination. It doesn’t matter who it is you’re looking for, those are the key attributes that you look for in a driver, and Danica’s got them.

“I see great things for Danica. Danica doesn’t hold back. She really is a fearless competitor. She’s taken a systematic approach to her stock car career, which is smart. I think with the support she has from Go Daddy and Dale Jr. and all of us at Stewart-Haas Racing, Danica has a very promising NASCAR future.”

Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO: “We are pleased Danica Patrick has chosen to race full time in NASCAR in 2012," said . "She has demonstrated a strong desire to compete and NASCAR provides the best opportunity to race against the top drivers in the world with the largest and most loyal fan base in motorsports on a week-to-week basis. Danica has shown solid improvement in NASCAR and we believe her decision to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, with additional races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be exciting for our fans and a great challenge for her.”

Randy Bernard, IndyCar CEO: "Danica has always been a great ambassador for IndyCar, and there is no doubt  she has left a positive impression on our sport.  She has touched millions of fans and many that were new to motorsports. Danica attracted a fan base that every athlete and sports property in the world would love to have. We should give her a great farewell the rest of this season as she opens a new page in her career and wish her continued success with her new direction. "

More NASCAR coverage

Category: Auto Racing
Comments

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

 A very undeserving opportunity. 1 win in 109 races. She is not improving as a driver, nor do I believe that she will do anything in NASCAR (just look at 3-time IndyCar champion Hornish Jr. and how this circuit chewed him up and spit him out).

 There is no argument to make her case for entrance into NASCAR other than the fact that she makes money through posing with her jumpsuit half off... This is why racing gets no respect.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

First off, Nascar is not a sport, it is an event for rednecks to get drunk at and bang their sisters. Second, has this dumb broad ever won anything worth noting? Third, I imagine her popularity comes from the fact that she has a set of jugs inbetween her head and ass. Big f'in deal.  This is like LeBron's 'taking his talents to south beach', except no one cares and the 'athlete' in question isn't any good.

      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;  Don't care about the rest, that just ignorance showing, BUT , hell yes! Nice rack and an ars that won't quit!!

      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;      Go cookie-baker, go!Tongue out


28  9  43Sealed



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

She likes to drive in circles and not get near other divers.. Sound liike she'll fit in for 20 - 35 on a weekly basis... Name one guy that races and is there in the standing today....there she'll be the next nobody...



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

This is a good thing!

      
; She can bake cookies between races and will remind everyone why women belong in the damn kitchen and not at the track unless they're hooking!!Wink


28  9  43Sealed




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

Your ignorant and biass. NASCAR is a sport. Baseball is a sport? Golf is a sport? Then NASCAR is a sport.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Who cares

First off, Nascar is not a sport, it is an event for rednecks to get drunk at and bang their sisters. Second, has this dumb broad ever won anything worth noting? Third, I imagine her popularity comes from the fact that she has a set of jugs inbetween her head and ass. Big f'in deal.  This is like LeBron's 'taking his talents to south beach', except no one cares and the 'athlete' in question isn't any good.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

So a failure to suceed in IRL now means somehow that she'll be competitive in NASCAR? I don't see it. The aggressive style of racing in NASCAR is going to be a big problem for her, since she's always been a finesse driver. Now that she'll have to really mix it up, I think it's going to be a rough time for her competitively.



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

The best chance she'll have to win a race next season will still be at Indy....... in May. 



Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Danica Patrick makes NASCAR full-time commitment

whatever...


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com