It's Official Danica Patrick Is Heading to NASCAR Starting Next Season

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIAugust 17, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 01: (L-R) Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet and Aric Almirola, driver of the #88 Suave Men Chevrolet, race and bump draft during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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According to the indychannel.com, Danica Patrick is heading to NASCAR full-time starting next season.

She will race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time for JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet.  She will also race seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events for Stewart-Hass Motorsports starting in February's Daytona 500.

She signed a three-year deal through 2015 with Stewart-Hass.

There's a chance she can still race in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, but according to Dave Furst, she will not enter next season's Indianapolis 500.

I do know Tony Stewart is looking to start an IndyCar team and his idol is A.J. Foyt, so this is truly speculation from me, but look for a potential merger between the two teams to keep Patrick in the 500 for the future.

Patrick has made 110 starts in the Izod IndyCar Series with one win at Motegi in 2008.  She also finished in an IndyCar Series a record 45 consecutive races which still is active today.

She has three poles on her IndyCar resume and a best points finish of fifth.  To go along with that, she has 61 top-10 finishes in 110 career starts.

Patrick is the first woman to win a major motorsports event and lead the Indianapolis 500.  In her seven Indy 500 starts, her best finish was third in 2009.

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She has only raced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series during her NASCAR career.

Patrick has made 12 career Nationwide Series starts with a best finish of fourth in Las Vegas this year.

An official announcement is expect next week in her current hometown of Phoenix.



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