Danica Patrick to Forgo Indy 500
Danica Patrick who will race this season full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a limited 10-race Schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has made another major announcement. She has dropped the 2012 Indianapolis 500 from her “to do list” because she has added the Coca Cola 600 to that list and both those races are run each May on Memorial Day.
Danica Patrick will race the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports owned by fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. and will race her 10 races in the Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing, a team half owned by 2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart.
Many drivers, including Stewart, have attempted what is known as “the double,” that being the Indy 500 and the Coke 600 in the same day, mostly with mixed results. Patrick had the following quotes from the 2012 Sprint Media Tour.
“ I hope to do it in the future. Maybe it’ll be a double. But at this point in time, after a lot of conversations it’s just going to be the Coke 600. It’s going to be a big challenge.”
“ It was just something that didn’t work out, the business side of things didn’t work out. Again I’m hopeful to do it in the future, but this year it didn’t happen.”
Danica Patrick will make her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the biggest race of all, the 2012 Daytona 500 on February 26th. With the announcement of running the Coke 600, nine of the ten races in her Limited Sprint Cup ride have been determined with one left to be decided.
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