Danica Patrick Will Race On The Nationwide Series Full Time In 2012

Danica Patrick Will Race On The NASCAR Circuit In 2013
Danica Patrick Will Race On The NASCAR Circuit In 2013

Danica Patrick's long-awaited decision on her racing future appears to have been made.

The Associated Press is reporting Patrick will run a full Nationwide Series program for JR Motorsports in 2012 while making a handful of Sprint Cup starts for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Sources at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend said the plan appears to have Patrick in a Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year program in 2013 most likely as a third car in the SHR stable.

While Patrick herself is still non-committal about her future, JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. did give his view on the situation in Indianapolis admitting he was not completely sure what lied ahead.

"I don't know," Earnhardt said when asked where Patrick would race next season. "I haven't heard anything. I feel confident that she's content where she is and happy with what we're doing and I think things are looking positive for us to put something together. I would like for her to run full time and I'm sure she is considering that and I think she would enjoy it. She seems to really enjoy driving stock cars and racing in the Nationwide Series. We just have to see but I haven't heard anything about it."

Patrick is scheduled to make more Nationwide starts this year once the IZOD Indy Car Series season is over in the fall.

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