Posts Tagged ‘Tony Stewart’

September 6th, 2009

Danica Patrick to NASCAR?

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Danica Patrick is eyeing her future. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty.

We’ve all heard the rumors for a couple of years, and not it looks like Tony Stewart let the cat out the bag on Saturday in Atlanta: Sooner rather than later, Danica Patrick is going to be behind the wheel of one or more cars on the NASCAR circuit, more than likely in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series.

And when that does happen, Patrick will more than likely be on the fast track to becoming one of the most well-compensated athletes in the world.  Everybody knows that in NASCAR the ability to attract and hold sponsors can be as important as winning races.  Patrick, despite the fact that she’s only won a single race in her IRL career, is already the most high profile driver in American open wheel racing.  There are few new worlds left to conquer, and NASCAR is all that’s really left in North America.

According to the published reports, Patrick wouldn’t leave her ride with Andretti Green Racing, but would rather run a limited number of races on NASCAR’s two junior circuits as part of Stewart’s team in addition to her IRL duties.  If/when she makes that first appearance, it’s going to be a category five media frenzy, and companies are going to kill each other to sponsor her ride.

Once again, keep in mind that Patrick isn’t actually leaving IRL just yet.  While she might not have anything left to do in IRL off the track, there is a little bit of unfinished business she would probably like to take care of in Indianapolis next May.  I don’t think she’ll bolt to NASCAR full time until she’s had a few more kicks at that can.

POSTCRIPT: For those of you who came looking for Danica Patrick pics, click here.  And when you speak of me, speak well.