Danica Patrick: 10 Things She Still Needs to Improve to Move Up NASCAR Ladder

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Danica Patrick: 10 Things She Still Needs to Improve to Move Up NASCAR Ladder
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Danica Patrick NASCAR Sprint Cup rumors are swirling.

Danica Patrick has been a major draw in every series she has raced in, and now that she is back with IRL after a stint with NASCAR Nationwide.  The buzz is that sponsor Go Daddy is bucking for her to move up the ladder to NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2012.

Mark Martin's No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports ride is currently sponsored by Go Daddy in Cup and he will be moving to Turner Motorsports at the conclusion of the 2011 season.  This leaves the door wide open for Patrick to move up but where will she race?

Jimmy Spencer of Speed TV's Race Hub was one of the first to say on air that Patrick is most likely to move to Stewart Haas Racing as a third team.  With Go Daddy gift wrapped as a sponsor it is a logical move for her to race with Stewart's Hendrick Motorsports satellite team.

Is Danica Patrick ready to move up the ladder?  There is a laundry list of work she must put in if she expects to succeed at the top level of NASCAR and it would not hurt if she improved this season in IRL either.   Simona de Silvestro has not helped Danica's stock with her lights out performance in the first race of the IRL season last month. The following are 10 things Danica needs to improve to move up the ladder.

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