Posted by Will Brinson
The most obvious replacement for Danica Patrick's No. 7 car, 2011 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, appears on the brink of being actually named to that spot.
According to Wheldon, he's ready to step into Danica's shoes (boots?), but the final details of the agreement just need to be signed off on by Michael Andretti.
"His personality has not changed one bit, but he's become the type of guy everyone wants to be around," Andretti said of Wheldon, who was out of work in IndyCar as recently as a year ago. "I know it's been hard for him not to be racing, but being on TV has allowed people to get to know him and see why it's so easy to like him.
"He's grown up."
And Wheldon, in speaking to the Indianapolis Star's Curt Cavin, sounds poised to enjoy his time (back) in the spotlight.
"I honestly think [setbacks] teach you to enjoy the good times," Wheldon said recently. "Up until that point, everything had always been good for me. Then I had a difficult part of my career. It's come full circle and I've enjoyed it, but you never know. It could change again very quickly in this business."
The only change for Wheldon, right now anyway, appears to be his car number. Because barring any serious switch, the hottest driver in IndyCar will be suiting up for GoDaddy and Andretti soon.
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