“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.” Spoken by NASCAR Chairman Brian France said in a statement following Danica Patrick official announcement she’s moving to NASCAR fulltime in 2012.
29-year-old Danica Patrick will drive the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule next year with JR Motorsports. She will also attempt to run a partial Sprint Cup schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Tony Stewart, co owner of Stewart-Haas had this to say about Danica
“We’re very excited to have Danica Patrick and Go Daddy join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2012 for a limited NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with the intention of us running her full time in Sprint Cup in 2013. We’re proud of the fact she wants to come and be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing and what we’ve built with Ryan Newman and myself and all of our partners. Having Danica and Go Daddy as a combination at SHR is something we’re really looking forward to.”
Danica made her NASCAR debut in 2010 in the ARCA race at Daytona and went on to compete in 13 races in the Nationwide Series and in just seven starts so far in 2011 she has posted three top-10 finishes and one top-five.