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We just might see Danica Patrick on the track in 2018 after all.
Patrick announced this morning, via Twitter, that her original sponsor, GoDaddy, will sponsor her in the Daytona and Indianapolis 500 races this season.
How perfect is this? I’m so excited!
While there’s no announcement, yet, on which teams she’ll drive for, getting sponsorship is a huge first step that will now allow her to negotiate from a position of strength.
The races, with her in them, are sure to be a ratings winner, as her fans — whether they be race fans or casual fans who want to see her final race on the track — tune in. She’s also been expanding her business empire and picking up followers who may be curious about these last races.
Patrick, 35, left Stewart-Haas Racing last year and said she wanted to finish her on-track career by racing in what is now being referred to as the “Danica Double” — the Daytona 500 in February and the Indianapolis 500 in May. But the plans haven’t materialized as quickly as Patrick thought, and she admitted that it was taking longer than she imagined it would.
Over the past few months there have been numerous teams that have had talks with Patrick — of those Chip Ganassi Racing comes to mind. CGR is one of the only teams to run cars in both NASCAR and IndyCar, but the talks have since come to an end between the two sides.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had a spot open up in one of their Indy cars but said Patrick running it for the Indy 500 isn’t an option because it would be a distraction according to team co-owner Sam Schmidt.
Now, with sponsorship, we’ll see which team she ends up with,