While writers across the country continue to speculate as to whether or not Danica Patrick is going to NASCAR, it has been reported that the U.S.-based Formula One team, USF1, is considering Patrick for the 2010 Grand Prix series.
Peter Windsor, sporting director for the USF1 team, which is based in Charlotte, suggests progress in fielding a team, even as the future of the sport remains up in the air.
Windsor said, “We’re getting near to the point where we start looking at drivers and Danica is on our list for sure, because she’s the best-placed American in the leading single-seater championship of the United States. She’s doing a really great job."
Then, of course, she could remain in the IRL. Driver Scott Dixon could jump to a new team owned by Gil de Ferran, which is slated to start up next season. That would leave a seat for Patrick at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing when her contract with Andretti Green runs out. A move to Ganassi would allow Patrick to compete in both the IRL and run a limited NASCAR schedule.
Patrick told SI, "(IndyCar racing) is the type of racing that I love; this is the type of racing that I grew up with. But I need to know what direction this series is heading and if it continues to grow, because NASCAR has a lot of fans and a lot of opportunities that any race driver would have to consider."
Where Patrick goes, controversy follows. During the U.S. Open last week sponsor Lexus blocked the airing of the Go Daddy “Speeding” spot because Patrick drives a vintage Ford Mustang. Because, you know, those vintage Mustang sales could really cut into Lexus’s profits.
Also, is the car really what anyone is focused on in this commercial?
And finally, Patrick continues her bad habit of hitting crew members. This took place in Iowa, where she finished a disappointing ninth over the weekend.