Published on August 25th, 2011 | by Michael J Smith3
It’s Official: Patrick To NASCAR Full Time In 2012
After two years of racing a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series, Danica Patrick has committed to run the full Nationwide Series schedule in 2012. Patrick will drive the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy that she has driven the last two seasons with sponsorship from GoDaddy.com. She will also run 8-10 races in the Sprint Cup Series for Stewart Haas Racing. Both teams are affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports.
Patrick plans to make her Cup debut in the 2012 Daytona 500, and eyes making the jump to Cup full time in 2013, with SHR. Those plans, however, are not definitive at this point.
In 20 starts in the Nationwide Series, Patrick has an average finish of 23.7. She has one top 5 and three top 10s, all of which have come this season.
I made this decision because of how much I enjoy driving stock cars and how much I enjoy, in particular, racing stock cars. The races are so interesting. There are so many pit stops, there are so many strategies that play out, you have to take care of your car at times, you have to know when to push with it.You can kind of throw them around a little bit and overcome some handling issues. You can bump around, which is pretty fun. I just really had fun with it. It’s really about enjoying the racing and enjoying the people and enjoying my life when I’m at those races.