Patrick updates Daytona 500 and Indy 500 talks on SiriusXM

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

As the 60th running of the Daytona 500 is fast approaching, Danica Patrick is still searching for a ride in “The Great American Race” and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick, 35, joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” on Thursday to discuss how those plans are unfolding.

In November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Patrick announced that she would be stepping away from full-time racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Her goal was to end her career in two of the biggest motorsports events in the United States.

Patrick was open to running both races with the same organization. The only two NASCAR owners that also field teams in INDYCAR are Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi. Penske quickly denied at Homestead that Patrick would join his organization for both races. However, Ganassi mentioned that he was in talks with Patrick about running both events.

In December at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, Ganassi confirmed that the talks with Patrick have subsided.

“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 told the crowd at a breakfast. “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.”

Since then, no update has been given on where the ride search stands. Patrick told SiriusXM that the process is taking longer than expected.

“I thought it was going to be a quicker process, but you can’t rush things,” Patrick said. “I’m a big believer more and more all the time of letting things flow and just letting things take shape in the way that they would. And that’s kind of why I ended where I ended with finishing up my full-time career last year and doing the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 for this year. I didn’t push anything, I just let things flow and it’s turned out to be just perfect.”

Currently, Patrick is on a media tour promoting her new book,, “Pretty Intense”, where she promotes an active lifestyle, share tips on nutrition and exercise and provides recipes. Patrick admits that if it was not for her racing career that her ventures outside of the sport would not have been possible.

“Honestly, I’m just excited and so grateful. Everything I do outside of racing is because of racing,” she said. “I’m well aware of that and I’m so fortunate that I get to go into these other ventures and have a platform to do it, but I am excited about them. I’m so glad for the way it all ended up working out, and so similarly with the teams I’m going to race for, or team, in NASCAR and in IndyCar, I’m pushing politely but you can’t make things happen before they are ready to happen.

“I just kind of thought it would get more simple; there’s less people involved, less sponsors, less things. Well, it’s still complicated. So, it’s just taking a little bit of time, but we’ll hopefully have something to announce soon enough.”

Patrick has competed in 115 INDYCAR and 190 Cup races over 13 years. Combined, she has collected one win.

2 Comments

  1. Steven

    January 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I’ve never ever heard of a driver saying that they are going to race in a big time event without having a sponsor lined up. I think it will happen though because Indycar and NASCAR have kissed her pampered ass since day one. This certainly diminishes the sporting aspect of racing since in other sports the best players get to play, not anyone like Danica who has been totally uncompetitive with superb equipment no less.

    • big o

      January 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Well Steven, coming from someone that has to ask the DMV for permission to drive, tells us your not an authority on this subject. Danica has been good for the growth of Nascar, and adding to the grandstands. something definitely needed today

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