It seems like Danica Patrick may still have a career in IndyCar racing after all. Although her decision will hugely affect her vocation and shift the direction of her career, Patrick is willing to make sacrifices.
According to reports, Patrick is in the final stages of a full-time Nationwide Series schedule as part of JR Motorsports. Patrick also happens to be competing in Sprint Cup Series for Tony Stewart’s team. Sources have revealed that Patrick has a special understanding with Tony Stewart under the terms of which she can race at the Indianapolis 500 if she wants too.
Kelley Earnhardt, the co-owner of JR Motorsports admitted that all around it would be a tough schedule for Patrick. An entry into Indianapolis 500 means Patrick will have to spend way more time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earnhardt further stated that this test would certainly prove Patrick’s skills on a whole new level. NASCAR is set to have 3 Nationwide races during the same time frame as IndayCar Racing henceforth endurance and resilience will be a new test for her.
Patrick last finished 3rd at the Indianapolis 500 in 2009 and has recorded a single victory at the track in her career. She is currently ranked 11th in the series standings. Patrick is without a win in 19 career Nationwide races, however JR Motorsports co-owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. states she is, “way ahead of the curve” as a NASCAR driver.
In a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt said, “I would like for her to run full time, and I'm sure she is considering that, and I think she would enjoy it. I feel confident that she's content where she is and happy with what we're doing. I think things are looking positive for us to put something together.”
Tony Stewart has shown great interest in working with Patrick in the Sprint Cup Series. Earlier in May Stewart said, “Anybody that's got a Cup team that would have the availability would jump at the chance to do something with her.” He added, “You would be crazy not to entertain an offer like that and an opportunity for her to drive a race car for you.”