Danica Patrick mulls Nationwide run

Updated: July 26, 2012, 11:49 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danica Patrick has expressed a strong interest in running a limited Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports in 2013 as she moves to the Sprint Cup series full time for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, the co-owner of JRM, said on Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that Patrick likely will likely split time in a car with Dale Earnhardt Jr. if a deal can be reached. She said the number of races has yet to be determined and that nothing has been signed.

Earnhardt-Miller said the hope is to run the No. 88 and the No. 7 full time, with possibly a third car (No. 5) part-time with Patrick and Earnhardt. She said there's a possibility that Patrick, Earnhardt and another driver could split the second car if sponsorship can't be found for one driver the entire season. Earnhardt-MIller said the contract for next year with Patrick is not done.

The plan is to leave Cole Whitt in the No. 88 full time.

GoDaddy.com, which sponsors Patrick in the Nationwide and Cup series, will likely remain with her in those series in 2013.

Earnhardt-Miller said she has been pleased with Patrick's overall effort in her first full Nationwide season. The former IndyCar star ranks ninth in points heading into Saturday's race, the first in the series at IMS.

"She's done a good job,'' Earnhardt-Miller said. "She's not going out there and wrecking racecars.''

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