Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Is Danica finally coming to NASCAR?
For several months there have been rumours about IRL driver Danica Patrick coming to NASCAR. This is a big deal because in a climate of sponsor cutbacks and financial uncertainty, Danica is a marketing goldmine. Winning is irrelevant. Though it hasn't been announced yet, Danica has re-signed with Andretti Green Racing in the IRL for two years. At that point, Danica coming to NASCAR appeared to be over. Apparently not. A few weeks ago, Kelley Earnhardt Elledge acknowledged that JR Motorsports was in negotiations with Danica to run a part time Nationwide Series schedule. Over the weekend, it was rumoured that an announcement will be made next week in Phoenix. Danica lives in Phoenix. Rick Hendrick denied this. Now ESPN's Marty Smith and Ryan McGee report that Danica is close to signing a two year deal with JR to run the #7 Nationwide Series car in ten races. Go Daddy will sponsor. The deal is supposed to be signed by the end of this week and McGee says they weren't planning an announcement until season's end. But with the cat out of the bag, they may announce it at Phoenix after all. Check it out on this video clip from ESPN's NASCAR Now hosted by Mike Massaro with Marty Smith & Ryan McGee.