Auto racing: Danica Patrick announces two-year deal to drive in NASCAR Nationwide Series

December 9th, 2009 by

www.seattletimes.com – Patrick has two-year deal to compete in Nationwide Series: Danica Patrick, perhaps the biggest star in IndyCar Series racing, is officially a part-time NASCAR driver.

Patrick, 27, announced a two-year deal Tuesday to compete for the team owned by Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the second-tier NASCAR Nationwide Series.

How will she be received?

“I expect her to be eaten up by the wolves,” replied Kelley Earnhardt, general manager of JR Motorsports and sister of Dale Jr.

Earnhardt quickly said she was joking and added she expects Patrick to be respected immediately. Patrick will be in the spotlight; she is likely to be the lone woman driver in either of NASCAR’s top two series. The Sprint Cup Series is NASCAR’s highest level.

Patrick intends to run a full IndyCar Series schedule with Andretti Autosport and squeeze NASCAR in when she can. Her immediate plans are to participate in the ARCA test next week at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and make her stock-car debut in the opener for that series Feb. 6 — one day before she appears in two Super Bowl ads for sponsor GoDaddy.com.

Patrick is used to a heavy workload.

“If I could show you my schedule these days — I don’t even know what airline I’m getting on anymore, just what time the flight leaves,” she said.

Patrick unveiled her green-and-orange No. 7 Chevrolet in a news conference at Chase Field in Phoenix.


One Response

  1. Johnny D

    If I was one of the male drivers I’d be setting my beaver traps in turn 4 cause she has definate “spank-a-bility”. also I’d love to be that little cotton patch in her panties for 500 laps, YUM’YUM!

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