(Reuters) – Danica Patrick mentioned her plans to run the Indianapolis 500 in what is scheduled to be the ultimate race of her profession are set, in accordance with a report on IndyAutomotive’s web site on Monday.
While Patrick, who mentioned final November she would retire after the May 27 race, mentioned her entry was confirmed, an announcement of which staff she would race for was not imminent.
“No, I just needed to make sure it (the deal) was done,” Patrick, the one lady to win an IndyAutomotive race, mentioned. “The rest I don’t really care about.”
In 2005, Patrick began and completed fourth as an Indy 500 rookie – on the time a document for a lady driver. She completed third in 2009 however has not competed within the occasion since 2011.
One of essentially the most marketable athletes in North America, Patrick has seen her reputation wane in recent times, unable to supply the kind of outcomes many had anticipated when she made her a lot publicized leap for IndyAutomotive to NASCAR in 2012.
She will drive in Sunday’s Daytona 500 the place, after failing to land with a top-tier staff in her penultimate race, will pilot to No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports.
With a deal now in place for the Indy 500, Patrick made it clear which of her closing two races, which is being dubbed the “Danica Double” she would favor to win.
”Yeah, it could be Indy,“ Patrick told IndyCar. ”There’s nothing in opposition to Daytona, however simply from being a younger little woman, I had all the time needed to win the Indy 500. It’s to not say that Daytona is not an infinite deal.
”But I’ve to go along with what seems like an important in my coronary heart and I got here from open-wheel racing, I needed to win the Indy 500 from being a go-kart driver once I was a child and got here shut a couple of instances.
“It’s kind of what started it all for me, so there’s just a lot more history there.”
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Greg Stutchbury