Patrick will race in NASCAR, but will she race here?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:46pm
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Danica Patrick showed off her new NASCAR wheels on Tuesday.

IndyCar superstar Danica Patrick on Tuesday ended months of speculation by signing a deal to race in NASCAR next season, running a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series that could bring her back to Nashville Superspeedway.

Patrick, a fan favorite during her past trips to Nashville for IndyCar races, did not disclose which races she will run. But it's speculated that she will focus on “stand-alone” Nationwide events that are not run in connection with Sprint Cup races.

The stand-alone races — such as the two at the Superspeedway — have fewer big-league Cup drivers in the lineup and therefore are easier for newcomers such as Patrick.

Patrick will drive for JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. She will continue to run a full (17-race) IndyCar schedule.

In addition to the Nationwide races, Patrick will run at least one ARCA event, probably the season opener at Daytona in mid-February. That will be her stock car racing debut.

The 27-year-old native of Roscoe, Ill., who resides in Phoenix with her husband, is one of sport’s most visible personalities. Last year she got more AOL hits than any other pro athlete, including Tiger Woods, Tom Brady or Eli Manning.

Critics note that Patrick has won only one IRL race in five seasons, and contend that the swirl of media attention is generated by her swimsuit-model looks. But the fact that she has led the Indy 500 — and almost won it — proves she can handle higher racing speeds than those typically run in NASCAR.

4 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 12/9/09 at 7:10

Danica will bring new interest to the sport something it despritely needs.

By: Dwilso31 on 12/9/09 at 7:39

Wonder what she will say when her fender gets a donut on it.

By: TITAN1 on 12/9/09 at 9:10

I agree, idgaf.
Dwilso31, I'm sure she will react like any other driver? Why would she be any different?

By: EquinsuOcha on 12/9/09 at 2:35

i dont think it will help........she's more of a gimmick.......her one win was a gas mileage situation.......alot better drivers from the irl have failed