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Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 4:48 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

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Danica Patrick
will be begin her career as a Sprint Cup Series driver in next February's Daytona 500.

"The Great American Race" is one of eight firm events on Patrick's Cup schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing with a pair of races yet to be determined.

“Our goal with Danica’s schedule is to try and maximize her 10 races with us so that she’s as prepared as she can possibly be for a full-time Sprint Cup schedule in 2013,” said team co-owner Tony Stewart at Friday's announcement at Texas Motor Speedway. “In the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, she’ll handle short tracks, intermediate 1.5-mile ovals, and some unique tracks like Darlington and Phoenix. The point is to expose her to as many challenges as possible so that she’ll know what to expect in 2013.

“Between our schedule and her full Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports, Danica will gain a lot of experience quickly. At the same time, we’ll monitor her progress, and if we feel there’s a particular venue or style of track where more seat time would be beneficial, we have two races where we can call an audible and enter her in those events.”

After her Daytona debut Patrick will concentrate solely on her Nationwide Series program with JR Motorsports before returning to the Cup schedule. The remaining races outlined in Friday's announcement were: 

·         May 12:     Darlington (S.C.) Raceway

·         Aug. 25:     Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

·         Sept. 2:      Atlanta Motor Speedway

·         Sept. 16:    Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

·         Sept. 30:    Dover (Del.) International Speedway

·         Nov. 4:      Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

·         Nov. 11:    Phoenix International Raceway

Patrick said the schedule between both dvisions will be challenging but she's ready for the next phase of her career.

"The most weighted factor was places that might be a challenge -- places that had unique characteristics, that would be good to get some extra laps at," Patrick said. "That was pretty much the biggest thing, at this point in time.

"At a place like Darlington, for example, where I'll run the Cup and Nationwide cars together, one absolutely will help the other. Tony [Eury Jr., Nationwide crew chief] has said sometimes the Cup guys like to do the Nationwide races to get more laps so they get more comfortable on the track. Sometimes guys like to do races at places they're good at, so they can just have fun -- like Junior at Bristol, or something. But for me, it's going to be about laps."

Patrick will drive a car with the No. 10, a choice she made.

“Obviously, a lot of people associate the No. 7 with me because it’s what I ran in IndyCar and it’s what I run in Nationwide," she said. "But before the No. 7, there was the No. 10. When we were talking about what number we could run in Sprint Cup, I thought it was pretty cool how Tony chose his and how Ryan (Newman) picked his. There was a connection between their numbers and their racing careers. The No. 10 is what I started with, and to have that number back with me as I start my Sprint Cup career shows how everything has come full circle."

Patrick restated her Indy Car career is over except for the possibility of one race, the Indianapolis 500, which she'd stil consider running.

"That's it," she said.
 

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Comments

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

She is not a good driver! Her skills just are not there! Maybe she should step down to local track racing! Then she could win some races and maybe a championship! I race locally at my hometown, and I do see a lot of female drivers that are out there and are very good. Yet they are not NASCAR drivers by far! Just look at her career stats! She was with one of the best Indy teams and could not win. What makes you think being with a good NASCAR team will change that?



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

She is a marketing dream and could sell sand to Sadam Hussain she is that good when it comes to marketing. As for her driving she is about the best female driver i have seen and that is not meant to be an insult just a fact. She can win and will win cause she is that good. She will get bumped a lot and the boys will wreck her to keep from being beat by a woman. Showvenistic is what it is and guys in a guy dominated sport dont like to be beat especially by a female. Makes em feel less than manly. You know that ego thing. I think it is refreshing to see Danica in NASCAR. No one should be judged based on gender but she will be and for a 5 foot driver she wont back down from anyone. Good Luck Danica and it dont hurt she is HOT too LOL



Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

Seriously I think she is over-rated! How many races did she win in Indy? There is a reason she is leaving and dont want to race Indy anymore! She cant win! How many female racers make it in NASCAR? Have yet to see one! Not saying there can never be one, but Danica is not the one. She is more publicity for NASCAR!



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:44 am
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

kwalk is correct. There is no risk whatsoever for Stewart. He will be the most recent Champion driver that isn't par to f the top 35 so he will make it into the first 5 races no matter what. Plus this isn't much of a risk for Stewart since Danica's merchandise sales will rival Dale Jr's. That is one of the biggest draws to having Danica on his race team. I hope she can at least finsish in the top 20 in points just so it shuts up a lot of people. Nascar has been losing popularity and this is something that could draw a larger crowd since having a well known female competing in it will draw in more people for watching it. Her first few races will most likely garner a higher televised audience since people will be either watching her to see her succede or fail, which I figure most of the bashers and lovers of her will be doing for the Daytona 500.



Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

Smoke is a past champion so he can use that to get into the first 5 races of the season.  Top 35 does not come into play until race 6, so there really isn't any risc for Smoke.  He will be in the top 35 by race 6.  Thats what he did with Newman in their first year.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:38 am
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

I like this logic as to why Daytona is a great place for her debut. Just remember since the 10 car is new unless Ryan or Tony donate their spot in the Top 35, Daytona is not necessarily a given as her first race. A mistake in a 125 and it will be wait til next week.
You are crazy if you think Tony wouldn't give up his points so he can get little ol' Danica in the race. I believe he did the same for Newman when SHR was in its first year. Big risk, but Stewart probably knows he can get in on time alone as a go-or-go homer, and worst case, he can race his way in. He'd have tons of buddies like Jr., Newman, and Harvick that would draft with him to get him in the race.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:52 am
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

I love Danica Patrick and I weeweely want to see her do good.  She is like so hott.  I can feel the hotness.  I would pay money to see her race and hooter holler for her.  I want to eat her liver and then slowly consume her brain.  Them good old boys must be in a circle fighting to see who can come see her first.




Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:28 am
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

cthims....thought I was the only one thinking it until I saw your post.  WV is the armpit of this country.  



Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:42 am
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

I like this logic as to why Daytona is a great place for her debut. Just remember since the 10 car is new unless Ryan or Tony donate their spot in the Top 35, Daytona is not necessarily a given as her first race. A mistake in a 125 and it will be wait til next week.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:46 am
 

Patrick's Sprint Cup debut set for Daytona 500

You're a tiny little emotional man.


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