Danica Patrick is set to announce a full-time switch to NASCAR in 2012

As we reported earlier this week, one of the IndyCar Series’ highest-profile drivers, Danica Patrick, is set to announce her full-time switch to NASCAR competition in a press conference today.

And NASCAR’s gain will certainly be IndyCar’s loss, and her move from the Andretti Autosports team will trigger some serious seat-swapping with the driver market seeing its first major shake-up ahead of the 2012 season.

Patrick’s sponsor, the webhosting group GoDaddy.com, has called a press conference at noon US Eastern time where her “racing future” will be confirmed.

To-date, she has contested a total of twenty races in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports, achieving a best finish of fourth at Las Vegas in March. She very nearly won last month’s second-tier race at Dayton, being in contention until the end before being taken out in a multi-car accident.

It is expected that Patrick will join Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Nationwide team as part of moving up to a full-time role at the top-level Sprint Cup Series later down the line.

It is also believed she will attempt some Sprint Cup races next year with Stewart Haas Racing.

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Richard Bailey

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