Danica Patrick Will Run Full-Time In NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports in 2012; Also Will Run Part-Time in Sprint Cup for Stewart-Haas Racing

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Danica Patrick announced that she has parted ways with Andretti Autosport and will race in the Nationwide Series full-time in 2012 for JR Motorsports. Patrick will also race a partial season for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

“For breaking news that will shock the world, we are excited to finally announce that GoDaddy will be taking me full-time into NASCAR next year,” Patrick said. “Very exciting. I’m just excited to finally say it.”

Patrick has ran selected races throughout 2010 and 2011 in NASCAR while balancing it with her full-time Indycar series. It is unclear whether or not Patrick will still run the Indy 500.

“I love the Indy 500, I think it’s the greatest race in the world,” said Patrick. “It’s something I love and would love to continue to do but at this point, we’re just not sure.”

As for the Sprint Cup Series, Patrick plans on running “eight to 10″ races for Stewart-Haas Racing but the actual races and/or debut has not yet been selected. Rumors were circulating that Patrick would make her NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at the Daytona 500.

“We’re definitely considering that, but the schedule right now for the Sprint Cup races next year is not set,” Patrick said. “It’ll probably be about eight to 10 races. But the actual races themselves have not been chosen yet.”

Patrick will run the No. 7 car sponsored by Go Daddy for JR Motorsports and the actual number for Sprint Cup is currently undecided but she is “open to anything.” Robby Gordon currently carries the No. 7 in NASCAR’s top series.

Shortly after the press conference, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France released a statement welcoming Patrick.

“We are pleased Danica Patrick has chosen to race full time in NASCAR in 2012. She has demonstrated a strong desire to compete and NASCAR provides the best opportunity to race against the top drivers in the world with the largest and most loyal fan base in motorsports on a week-to-week basis. Danica has shown solid improvement in NASCAR and we believe her decision to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, with additional races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be exciting for our fans and a great challenge for her.”

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