DANICA WATCH: THIRD AT INDY 500

Is she coming to NASCAR? Will she stay in the IRL? We promise to stay all over Danica Patrick until she makes her decision.


On Sunday Danica Patrick showed continued improvement as a driver by capturing a career-best third place at the Indianapolis 500. Patrick finished behind winner Helio Castroneves. She had a shot to overtake Castroneves and second-place finisher Dan Wheldon on a restart with 17 laps to go, but she could not get by the pair of former winners. Earlier in the race, Patrick cost herself four positions when she slid through the pit box. The mistake might have cost her a shot at victory.

"I think it was a good day," she said. "I’m really happy. I wish it would have ended up a little bit better than what it did, but that’s the way it goes here, and that’s what makes this place so awesome and frustrating."

This being Indy 500 week, there were plenty of stories about Patrick’s possible jump to NASCAR.

From The Washington Post:

"Who knows? Maybe," Patrick said. "It’s a contract year, and I’m going to look at everything. I will look at NASCAR. I can’t start negotiating until June." When asked whether she’s using the threat of leaving the IRL as a ploy, Patrick said, "I’m being asked about it. I’m not bringing it up. I’m not slipping it into conversations, ‘Well, you know it’s my contract year.’ I’m being honest. I’m going to check it all out. I guess I’m being more honest about it than I was last time. I’m also more open to it than I was last time."

From Yahoo!:

“If she’s serious about doing it, she needs to spend a year or two, while racing IRL, running ARCA, running trucks, running Nationwide and really understanding the difference in the vehicles,” Jimmie Johnson told Yahoo! Sports. “Otherwise, she’s going to be put in a tough situation. … You can’t just show up in the Cup Series and go.”

From Johnny Benson of NBC Sports:

Danica Patrick has enough talent to run NASCAR, but if she leaves open-wheel racing, the biggest mistake she can make is to start off in the Sprint Cup Series.

And for your viewing pleasure, Patrick’s latest pseudo-porn commercial for GoDaddy.

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