Monday, November 30, 2009
Updated: December 7, 6:29 PM ET
Patrick finalizes IndyCar sponsor deal
By David Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Danica Patrick confirmed a sponsor deal to drive an IndyCar for the next three years on Monday -- and her plans to drive a part-time schedule for JR Motorsports in NASCAR's Nationwide Series in 2010 remain on track as well, a source close to Patrick said.
Patrick unveiled the GoDaddy.com-sponsored Indy car she will drive for Andretti Autosport on Monday in a Good Morning America appearance. The company said in a statement that the deal to drive the car is through 2012.
That, according to the source, had to take place before she could finalize any plans in NASCAR.
There was no mention on GMA of her NASCAR plans, but the source said those could come within the next one to two weeks.
"I know everyone wants to know that," Patrick said during a segment on Fox News on Monday. "I love to drive. I love to race. If I got the chance to run both series, I'd love that. If we were announcing [NASCAR], we'd be here with two cars. We've been working on it."
ESPN.com reported last month that Patrick was in the final stages of negotiating a two-year deal with JR Motorsports. A source said that has not changed, adding if she went with another team it would be a "surprise.''
The plan is to debut Patrick in the ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway in February and earn approval from NASCAR to compete in the Daytona Nationwide race.
Patrick is expected to run in 10 to 13 Nationwide events, with perhaps another ARCA race or two.
The source said negotiations include putting Patrick in the No. 7 she drives in IndyCar and not the No. 5 that currently is the second car at JRM.
"When there are more races on the schedule, my life almost feels more predictable," she said on Fox. "I'd be excited about the challenge. We'll see."
GoDaddy.com, which already sponsors Patrick in IndyCar and was the primary sponsor for the No. 88 at JRM this past season, is a potential sponsor.
"All of us at Andretti Autosport are looking forward to having Danica back with the team and are excited about working with [GoDaddy.com CEO] Bob Parsons and everyone at Go Daddy as the primary sponsor on Danica's car," Michael Andretti said.
David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at DNewtonespn@aol.com. Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.