Unofficially Official: Danica Patrick to do Double Duty in 2010

Enrique MoralesContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

RICHMOND, VI - JUNE 26:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Boost Mobile Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IRL Indycar Series SunTrust Indy Challenge on June 26, 2009 at the Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Some rumors just won't die.

Year after year, Formula 1's Fernando Alonso is linked to Scuderia Ferrari, NASCAR's Richard Petty Motorsports is reported to be switching to Toyota, and IndyCar's Danica Patrick is making an alleged move to NASCAR.

The last one's finally been laid to rest.  The alleged is no more.  After years of speculation, Danica's finally coming to America's most popular form of motorsport.

While details of the transition are not confirmed, most reports suggest that the IRL's most popular driver will continue to race full-time in the US-based open-wheel series while dabbling in NASCAR's lower-tier Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

Patrick, victorious only once in her five-season IndyCar career, recently visited the Stewart-Haas Racing shop, her second visit to the facility.  Team owner and Sprint Cup leader Tony Stewart "guaranteed" that the female driver would race in NASCAR in the future.

It appears Stewart meant what he said, as Danica's stock car debut in the ARCA race at the Daytona International Speedway is now all but confirmed.

While the details of the female racer's stock car switch being to emerge, Danica will focus on her IndyCar Series season as the championship moves on to Twin Ring Motegi, the site of her sole IRL triumph.