Danica Patrick to NASCAR, Yes or No?

Will She Or Won't She? The Number Of Players Increases In The Danica Patrick To NASCAR Rumors

6/22/09 in IndyCar   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect


One thing you have to love about opinions, everyone's got one, and they are in abundance.

Jack Roush has apparently now put his name in the mix of discussions about Danica Patrick's future.  He has reportedly said that he would have a place for Danica in his Nationwide Program - basically his development group for progression to Sprint Cup Racing. 

This morning, Jenna Fryer discussed this on SIRIUS, saying it is an unlikely result, as Danica has already stated she will only come to NASCAR if she does so in a top tiered team and only in the Cup series.  That's likely not an option for Roush Racing, unless he's considering firing two of his current drivers.  He already has to eliminate one team before the start of the 2010 season, something else that is setting the garages all a-buzz.

In the meantime, after stating only two weeks ago that he has no interest in starting a third Cup team, Tony Stewart did an immediate about face yesterday, saying he is seriously considering adding a third team for 2010.  Speculation is that it might be Brad Keselowski or even Dale Jr, but could it possibly be Danica?  Stewart-Haas isn't one of the teams that's been discussed as far as Danica is concerned, but is it possible?   Of course, Tony came from open wheel and with his success would be an excellent teacher for her, working with the much bigger and heavier cars.

Then, of course, there's the already much discussed Chip Ganassi rumor, a move that would bring her into contact (at the very least) with the NASCAR cars.

In any case, we are not even half way through the 2009 season and already rumors are flying.  Behind most of the juiciest is, of course, Ms. Patrick.  Everyone wants to know what she's going to do.  There are those who cheer for her, support her every move and others who, for some reason, despise her and want nothing more than for her to fail. 

I'm somewhere in the middle.  I just want to watch it all shake out.  There's more to write about that way.
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11/5/09   |   Kmacnealy1   |   16 respect

Very smart for Jr. to try to bring her into Nationwide. The ad dollars which everyone is fighting over will roll in with her, making his team stronger and more likely to go on his own altogether. He is 4th fiddle at Hendricks, he could go solo and keep working relations with the team and have a deep Bank.

6/23/09   |   jrcincalifornia

Bank (pun intended) on her going to NASCAR -- and like most of her predecessors, look for her to fail to make the transition to stock cars. If Juan Pablo is still chasing it ...

6/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Okay then, I un-stand corrected

6/22/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Okay, Eric, I stand corrected.  I apologize - I honestly didn't see the race, only going by what TSN showed and they weren't particularly complimentary of the former IRL drivers

What's funny about that is Gordon, Hornish, and Carpentier are the only three of that group that ever ran the IRL for anything outside of the 500. So technically, they were correct.

6/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Uhhh...what? I don't buy that. Let me check.

Not even close.

Montoya 6th, Allmendinger 7th, Carpentier 11th, Papis 12th. Seems like they did pretty well.

Okay, Eric, I stand corrected.  I apologize - I honestly didn't see the race, only going by what TSN showed and they weren't particularly complimentary of the former IRL drivers

6/22/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Another thing for her to consider in moving to NASCAR is the positions the former open wheelers finished Sunday at Sonoma - I think the highest finisher, other than Tony of course, was Robby Gordon in 36th? 

Uhhh...what? I don't buy that. Let me check.

Not even close.

Montoya 6th, Allmendinger 7th, Carpentier 11th, Papis 12th. Seems like they did pretty well.

6/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Another thing for her to consider in moving to NASCAR is the positions the former open wheelers finished Sunday at Sonoma - I think the highest finisher, other than Tony of course, was Robby Gordon in 36th? 

6/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

I'm with Mike on this one I think.  I could never wish failure on Danica, I have too much respect for all she has accomplished in IRL.  I would love to see her win an Indy Championship before she entertained any offers from NASCAR. 
My gut feeling is that she will sign with Chip Ganassi to stay in Indy, also giving her the opportunity to step into a NASCAR Ride, should she choose.  Honestly, I'd love to see her "trade cars" with a NASCAR driver, a la JPM and Jeff Gordon, to see how she would handlie it, no pressure, all for  fun. 

6/22/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

While I am a NASCAR fan before an open wheel fan, I want to see Danica go to Ganassi and see if she can win an Indy 500 or contend for a title.

6/22/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

wrote:
Kinda ballsy , asking for a cup ride straight outta the box., especially when tried and true drivers are out of a ride, such as Hornady in the truck series. Methinks the little girl is WAY too big for her britches!

  Personally, i think she and Brett Favre should get together and let the rumor mill run rampant..I am over them both..LOL

It's pretty clear she's not moving unless it's to a situation that gives her a chance to win. She (we think) has the leverage, so you might as well use it.

6/22/09   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

Scott wrote:
With the working relationship between Hendrick and Stewart/Haas, I think it's more then likely that Brad Keselowski becomes a 3rd team for Tony Stewart.  Hendrick already has Gordon, Johnson, Martin and Junior for 2010 and while they could keep Keselowski in the nationwide series until Martin decides to retire, I think it makes more sense to get Keselowski into a full time ride in 2010.  As for Danica, I just cant see why anybody in the Sprint Cup Series would be serious at this point about wanting her to drive for them.  The number of guys who've successfully made the transition from the IRL to Nascar are few and far between.

 Stewart Haas is too new to take on such a risk. They need someone they know can perform in a stock car. Tony can't afford to completly train someone from scratch at this point in SHR. She doesn't have that diverse of driving experience and hasn't really proven to be a have to have asset in IRL. The upside is she will bring in the money...and lots of it. She will take the reigns from JR for the driver with the most endorsements. With manufacturers pulling out funding, this is a tempting prospect. That might be her meal ticket into the Sprit Cup. I see it with Ganassi though. 

6/22/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

At this point, I just want this saga to end. The longer this drags on, the more my blood pressure boils. Although it would really be nice if it wasn't just assumed.

Just remember Danica, they want you to fail. The fans want you to fail, and NASCAR itself wants you to fail. They'll use you for a while for money and ratings, but they would LOVE for you to fail so they can claim they have all the "best drivers in the world." You have your detractors among the IndyCar fans, but that's nothing compared to what will happen in the other series.

If I had five minutes with her, that's all I'd say. They want you to fail.

6/22/09   |   Scott   |   52816 respect

With the working relationship between Hendrick and Stewart/Haas, I think it's more then likely that Brad Keselowski becomes a 3rd team for Tony Stewart.  Hendrick already has Gordon, Johnson, Martin and Junior for 2010 and while they could keep Keselowski in the nationwide series until Martin decides to retire, I think it makes more sense to get Keselowski into a full time ride in 2010.  As for Danica, I just cant see why anybody in the Sprint Cup Series would be serious at this point about wanting her to drive for them.  The number of guys who've successfully made the transition from the IRL to Nascar are few and far between.

6/22/09   |   Boomhaur   |   1 respect

i will call this follow the money