Speculation is beginning to increase that IndyCars driver Danica Patrick could make a full-time switch to NASCAR, with the latest rumours indicating that an announcement of her signing with Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports Nationwide Series could be made as early as next week.
Patrick has juggled her full-time IndyCar commitments with the Andretti Autosports team alongside occasional Nationwide NASCAR outings over the last 18 months, with her efforts earning her plenty of praise from Earnhardt Jr.
“We’ve enjoyed working with her and would love to keep working with her,” he told reporters. “When there’s something to announce, they’ll announce it. Will have to say wait till that happens, I guess.
“I think what she’s accomplished already is success, in my opinion,” he added. “She obviously would want to continue to improve and compete for wins. But it’s tough to learn new tracks, to learn a new vehicle and to be able to drive it well and do well in it and adapt to it. I think she’s done that.”
Patrick, competing at this weekend’s Nationwide Series event at Montreal, remained tight-lipped about the latest speculation.
In her twenty Nationwide outings, Patrick has a best finish of fourth, earned earlier this year at Las Vegas. She has also led several races, and was even in contention to win at Daytona until she was taken out on a last-lap pile-up.
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