Danica Patrick talks break down at Chip Ganassi Racing

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor
INDIANAPOLIS – Talks between Danica Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing about driving in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 appear to have broken down, according to Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI Show) opening breakfast.

“You know I think it is a great opportunity for her to do that, to go out of the sport the way she wants to, driving Daytona and Indy,” Ganassi said. “And, you know, we had some conversations and it was very, very brief conversations at a high level and I think it is a great idea for her. I don’t know that it is going to be with us but I think it is a good idea for her.”

When Patrick made her emotional announcement at Homestead-Miami Speedway, just before the final NASCAR race of the 2017 season, that she would be stepping away from racing full-time she announced plans to race in NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500, as well as, the Indy 500 as a way to go out on her own terms. At the time, she didn’t say who those races would be with but only two NASCAR team owners also race in the Verizon IndyCar Series – Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske. Penske joked he sent a message to Ganassi congratulating him on running Patrick, confirming the most popular female driver of both series wouldn’t be behind the wheel of one of his cars.

Now, it looks like whatever deal may have been in the works with Chip Ganassi Racing is no longer moving forward. It was the first time Ganassi has discussed talks breaking down between the two and it came in response to a question from motorsports journalist Dave Despain during the opening breakfast Q and A.

“You know, I think it has probably stalled a little bit,” Ganassi said. “You know the talks have maybe stalled. It’s not anyone’s fault or any reason, I think it is just we, sort of, have different things in mind. Nobody is right or wrong here but, yeah, probably not going to happen.”

Kickin’ the Tires reached out to representatives for Patrick but has not yet received a response. An update will be posted as soon as more information becomes available.

6 Comments

  1. Bill B

    December 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Bottom line… the only way Patrick runs Indy and Daytona is if she brings her own sponsorship. Good lick with that.

  2. Steven

    December 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Maybe the Dental Company isn’t offering enough money to buy her a ride.
    She can’t get a ride on her talent so she’s probably looking for a new sugar daddy without success.

  3. Mordaunt Brabner

    December 8, 2017 at 1:46 am

    What value is there in agreeing to this?

  4. Jeff Pollard

    December 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Sorry Danica, but you are no Lyn St. James.

  5. Jonathan Obrien

    December 8, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I’m guessing he did not want all his Equipment Destroyed.Guessing if she does this for a while,She can stay sorta in the news.Just feel fortunate u didn’t end up hurt,Alot of wrecks.Move on,YOGA.

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